Doctor Dolittle  [DVD]
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As a boy, John Dolittle finds he can talk to animals, but his disapproving father forces him to repress his gift. Now a doctor with a young family, John (Eddie Murphy) rediscovers his ability after accidentally running over a dog. He begins to communicate with animals again, and soon has a queue of ailing pets in his waiting room. However, John's colleagues, worried for his sanity, have him committed to an asylum.
Betty Thomas directs and Eddie Murphy stars in Doctor Dolittle, the 1998 hit film which, while ostensibly aimed at children, has a high quotient of hip and even mildly gross humour. Murphy stars as John Dolittle, whom we see as a child talking to a neighbourhood dog who explains that the reason mutts sniff each others' butts is to assess their characters when first meeting them. Little John promptly tries this out on being introduced to his school principal. Warned off such social eccentricity, Dolittle stops talking to animals and as an adult becomes a respectable doctor running his own medical practice--until a bump on the head revives his capacity to understand animals, whereupon mayhem, mortification and a menagerie of needy and freeloading creatures are heaped upon his ordered existence. Murphy plays it relatively straight. It's the animals, some of them vividly enhanced by Jim Henson's animating team, who provide the real laughs here, and a thoroughly worldly, wisecracking bunch of characters they prove to be. There's a couple of hard-boiled, squabbling rats, a pigeon who complains of impotence, Rocky the guinea pig (voiced by Chris Rock) with a neat line in hip backchat, while Albert Brooks voices the gruff, melancholy tiger whose life Dolittle must try to save. A sweet but by no means saccharine comedy.
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As they say, a film for all the family that set a trend for this genre of style notably "Babe", unfortunately this film also spawned two much lesser and poorly scripted sequels
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...
Great for all the family. Rent it.
the great acting
the hallarious storyline
the bad language!!
The best disc quality!!
Great film, with
extremly funny charcters,
Eddie Murphy at his
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In the film Eddie Murphy is a doctor who finds out that he is able to talk to animals. Soon all the animals find out about him and trouble mounts up.
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just got it today and i put it into my ps3 and it works in the UK it says Region A but it Free Region too to HappyPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very disappointed . Keeps skipping as soon as movie comes on.Published 3 months ago by claire hickkey