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Dr. Dolittle 2
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson|
Director: Steve Carr
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: June 2001
Genres: Comedy, Kids
Review by Susan Granger
2½ stars out of 4
When I took a seven year-old and a ten year-old to see Eddie
Murphy, once again, play Dr. John Dolittle, they loved it. And
why not? Filled a merry menagerie, including his faithful dog
Lucky (voiced by Norm Macdonald), plus lots of fart and
poop jokes, it's aimed directly at pre-teens. The story begins in
Dr. Dolittle's San Francisco clinic where, after hours, he
conducts a group therapy session for strays, assuring them,
"Every dog can find a family and be someone's best friend."
But his healer-who-talks-with-animals routine is interrupted
by a summons to meet the Mafia-connected Mr. Beaver
(voiced by Richard C. Sarafian). It seems the little critters
need his help to save their forest that's being threatened by an
evil logger (Jeffrey Jones) and his lawyer (Kevin Pollak). So
Mrs. Dolittle (Kristen Wilson), a lawyer, gets an injunction,
pleading that the forest is home to the last Pacific Western
bear, an endangered species. The catch is that Dolittle must
play match-maker for the bear, named Ava (voiced by Lisa
Kudrow), pairing her with Archie (voiced by Steve Zahn), a
circus-trained bear, who has no desire to live in the wild.
"Winnie the Who?" Dolittle cajoles, appealing to his vanity.
"You'll be famous!" But once Archie gets a look at Ava, he
changes his tune to "I Will Survive" and tries to win her
affections from a rival Kodiak bear. Written by Larry Levin
and directed by Steve Carr, Dolittle's survival-training with
Archie provides plenty of laughs, as does the subsequent
world-wide Animal Strike. There's also a dreary romantic
subplot involving Dolittle's petulant 16 year-old daughter
(Raven-Symone) and her pizza-delivery boy-friend (Lil'
Zane). On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Dr. Dolittle
2" is a sweet-natured 6. It's an amiable, big-screen sit-com
that's not hard to bear.
Copyright © 2001 Susan Granger
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