Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

“It was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done, and I once rode a unicycle wearing a tutu! A tutu!” – Archie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The doctor who can speak to animals is back and this time must help a circus bear acclimate to life in the woods.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have steered clear away from for almost two decades and that largely has to do with my misconception that this movie was in the similar vein to some of Eddie Murphy’s other zany comedies of that era.

This movie and its plot aren’t nearly as interesting as the original film and there are too many scenes that are actually quite silly.

Murphy does a fine job in the title role despite the fact that something constantly feels off the whole way through.

The film’s use of special effects is what helps make it worthwhile to watch at least once because they do an amazing job making the human and animal interactions seem so realistic.

Like its predecessor, this movie has a great voice cast and the additions of Steve Zahn, Lisa Kudrow, Michael Rapaport, Isaac Hayes, Andy Dick and Joel Lauren Adams helps make things more enjoyable to listen to as they unfold.

Quite glad that they stopped making the films in this series after this one.

Bottom Line – Pretty silly sequel that doesn’t work nearly as well as the original. Murphy is still good in this role, but something feels off for most of this movie. The special effects once again help make this movie more interesting because of the way that they allow the humans to interact with the animals in a pretty realistic seeming fashion.  The voice cast is great and in addition to the ones form the previous film, we now get the additions of Zahn, Kudrow, Rapaport, Hayes, Dick and Adams to help make things fun to listen to. Extremely glad they stopped making the films in this series after this one.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Mr. Potter (played by Jeffrey Jones) calls the operator and asks for the number for Dr. Dolittle, he says “Not Stuart Little, Dolittle.” Ironically, Jeffrey Jones played Uncle Crenshaw in Stuart Little two years earlier. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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