John Dolittle has a beautiful wife at his side, two adorable daughters and a career that could not go better.
One night, he runs over a dog with his car. The dog yells at him and disappears. From then on, his ability is back, communicating with animals.
Soon, animals flock to his place to get medical advice. But his colleagues suspect he's going mad, and as the clinic he works for is being taken over for a huge amount of money, many decisions have to be made.....
Murphy had a career resurgence with The Nutty Professor, so this is pay dirt for him and the film makers to remake another beloved classic with a little bit of innuendo and the classic Murphy schtick, but make it a little more icky this time.
And the results are really mixed.
On the one hand, Murphy is his usual watchable self, and the animals are funny for a little while.
The big problem is the script, animals can only be funny if they have something funny to say, and the majority of the time they don't, so we have to rely on silly accents or Chris Rock being over the top and shouting to give us chuckles, and it wears thin very soon.
This also marks the point in Murphys career where he just went straight for family fodder, so I theory, its to blame for the non swearing Murphy we get now.
For kids under eight, it'll be the funniest thing ever, for others, not so much...