Dr. Dolittle 2

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Released 2001

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Director:
Steve Carr
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG
Dr. Dolittle 2 is the 2001 sequel to the smash comedy, talking-animal and their famous whisperer-hit, directed by Steve Carr (Next Friday, Daddy Day Care, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and based on the popular children's stories by Hugh Lofting. John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor) is a world-famous veterinarian who can talk with animals. The premise of this film involves Dolittle's attempts to save a forest that is about to be leveled by a powerful forester (Jeffrey Jones, Beetlejuice). A slick attorney (Kevin Pollak, The Usual Suspects) represents the enemy, while Dolittle recruits his lawyer wife to defend his case in court. Dolittle's only true argument depends on a protected species of bear. Unfortunately, there's only a single female bear that cannot reproduce by herself, so why save her habitat? But wait! There's a circus performer male bear of the same species. Dolittle rushes to persuade the animal to come to the wild and mate with the female bear, but will he want to leave his circus home?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Even more family-friendly than its immensely popular predecessor.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Murphy is not given much to do in this sloppy, good-hearted sequel, so he graciously allows himself to be upstaged by all manner of animatronic, celebrity-voiced talking animals.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Its successful moments (and they are only moments) remind us that this is a squandered opportunity.

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    Comedy, Fantasy, Kids

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    Kids Fantasy, Grade Schoolers, Family Comedies