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Time to Attend Daddy Day Camp

Published August 8, 2007 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of respective holders.
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Well, what did anyone expect Daddy Day Camp to be? It's a sequel with all new actors which somehow felt the need to label them as the same characters. It's a franchise about kids acting up and grown ups falling all over themselves. Here's another one.

Movie Review: Daddy Day Camp

Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding Jr. now) and Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae now) decide to take their thriving day care business into the summertime. Charlie hates camp but he'd rather run his own traditional outdoors facility than send his kid to the modern, high tech, ultra competitive camp Canola, run by his childhood rival Lance Warner (Lochlyn Munro).

Yes, Lochlyn Munro plays the crazy guy again. He teaches his kids to stomp on the little guy and he taunts Charlie throughout the film into an Olympiad contest. His performance here makes Dead Man on Campus look subtle, but that's what he's good at. Nice to see him still getting work.

The film consists of simple pratfalls like falling through roofs and PG friendly scatology with gross toilets. The kids run around and scream, often putting the adults in further harm's way.

There's a kid of all kinds: The ultra smart girl who can give a dissertation on personal injury waivers and cooties, the shy nerd obsessed with video games who can't talk to girls, the big fat bully, the queasy kid who vomits. Yup, they're all here.

The recasting is interesting. On the one hand, they should have just said these are new guys starting a camp. On the other hand, it doesn't even matter that they're different actors. For what it's worth, you feel like you're watching the continuation of Daddy Day Care. That's something.

There's a little bit of heart and maturity provided by Buck (Richard Gant), Charlie's military father who comes in to get the camp in shape but ultimately teaches good values. Charlie actually holds things together well when he's not prancing around getting injured too. It's mild "be yourself" stuff but it's there for the kids.

There's nothing wrong with Daddy Day Camp except for a total lack of originality. But look, it's summer, they need a movie about kids in camp causing trouble and learning good values. They did a fine job with the material.

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