Daddy Day Camp
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|Daddy Day Camp|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Fred Savage|
|Produced by||William Sherak
|Screenplay by||Geoff Rodkey
J. David Stem
David N. Weiss
|Story by||Geoff Rodkey
by Geoff Rodkey
|Starring||Cuba Gooding, Jr.
|Music by||Jim Dooley|
|Edited by||Michael Aller|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Daddy Day Camp is a 2007 American comedy film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and directed by Fred Savage in his directorial debut. It was the sequel to the 2003's Daddy Day Care, with a recast of Eddie Murphy and the other characters that appeared in the original film. The film was produced by Revolution Studios and released by TriStar Pictures. The film was released in the United States on August 8, 2007 and also received extremely negative reviews from critics and fans, who panned the film's use of gross humor. The film became a box office failure and only managed to gross $18.2 million compared to its predecessor Daddy Day Care, which grossed $164 million worldwide.
Charlie and Phil take their kids to Camp Driftwood, a camp they attended as kids. But once there, they discover that Camp Driftwood is no longer the kindhearted camp site of their time. To save the run down site, Charlie and Phil buy a partnership from the older man that ran it when they were children, after the other partner runs off on vacation. They turn it into Daddy Day Camp. They run into misadventures along the way when the owner, Lance Warner, in the rival camp Canola tries to tear it down. The first day of camp turns out to be a disaster involving a skunk and a bathroom explosion, which leaves them left with only 7 campers instead of the original 35 and in need of help to improve their financial situation.
When the camp is raided by Camp Canola, which has been joined by the 28 campers who left Camp Driftwood, Charlie calls his military father, Colonel Buck Hinton, for help to whip the kids into shape, since they have problems following orders. After getting revenge on Lance for getting his campers to steal the Camp Driftwood flag, he then challenges Camp Driftwood to the Camp Olympian but the kids have to train for it. The kids love Buck because of his military ways and support, However, Charlie disapproves as he recounts that he doesn't want the kids to become like Buck because Charlie believes that Buck only cares about toughness and that he, Charlie, was a disappointment to him. He starts to regret his decision to call Buck when his son runs off to the woods, after some campers tease him about his father's over-protectiveness, because his grandpa Buck told him that he became 'tough' when he ran off to the woods. They find him but when Charlie complains to Phil about Buck, Buck overhears their conversation and leaves camp.
On the day of the Olympian, the others find out that Buck has left. Seeing the kids discouraged, Charlie goes to find Buck and bring him back. He finds Buck and resolves all his problems with his dad. When they return the kids report that they found out that the rival camp is cheating, and have been doing so for several past years; this is especially true when it's revealed that Charlie lost to Lance when they were kids. Charlie lets Ben do the climbing course, since Ben knows how to climb, but he falls. However, Becca tells everyone that Lance greased the wall, making everyone realize that Lance cheated in every game in the Olympian. While climbing a wall, Ben uses the tree next to it with enough time left to hit the bell. Camp Driftwood wins, and the parents who signed their kids to be in Camp Canola originally then ask Charlie for their kids to be in Camp Driftwood, which saves it from foreclosure.
Meanwhile, a wall falls over all of Lance's trophies because his son kicks him, for all the times his father refused to be his dad.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Charlie Hinton, the co-owner of Daddy Day Care and teacher. He was played by Eddie Murphy in the original film.
- Lochlyn Munro as Lance Warner, Charlie's childhood enemy and owner of the rival camp.
- Richard Gant as Col. Buck Hinton, Charlie's estranged father. He is a military officer who takes army tasks very seriously.
- Tamala Jones as Kim Hinton, Charlie's wife. She was played by Regina King in the original film.
- Paul Rae as Phil Ryerson, co-owner of Daddy Day Care, Charlie's best friend and teacher. He was played by Jeff Garlin in the original film.
- Josh McLerran as Dale, an oafish counselor at Camp Driftwood. He serves as a replacement for the character "Marvin", who was played by Steve Zahn in the original film.
- Spencir Bridges as Ben Hinton, Charlie's son. He was played by Khamani Griffin in the original film.
- Brian Doyle-Murray as "Uncle" Morty, former owner of Camp Driftwood. He gives the camp to Charlie and Phil unintentionally before going on a vacation for the rest of the movie.
- Dallin Boyce as Max Ryerson, Phil's son. He was played by Max Burkholder in the original film.
- Telise Galanis as Juliette, one of the campers who becomes a love interest to a shy boy named Robert, but in the end gives him a kiss.
- Molly Jepson as Becca, one of the campers and a student at Daddy Day Care. She was played by Hailey Noelle Johnson in the original film. She is the only recurring kid in the camp who appeared in the first film.
- Sean Patrick Flaherty as Bobby J, Lance's sidekick. Commanly thought as his son.
- Taggart Hurtubise as Carl, the more independent 6 year old brother of Robert. He is frequently annoyed by his brother's failed attempts to talk to Juliette despite giving all the advice he needed.
- Tad D'Agostino as Robert, a shy, nerdy and socially awkward boy. He develops a crush on Juliet and often fails to ask her out until he earns her approval by winning a relay race at the end.
- Tyger Rawlings as Billy, a bully. He wears the same clothes throughout the whole movie. Although he is a bully he has a soft side to him.
- Talon G. Ackerman as Jack, a young nerdy boy. He frequently gets sick in the movie. This also helps to get Driftwood a win in the Olympiad after he pukes over a rival camp teenager.
Although Daddy Day Camp was on a particularly small budget of $6 million, it is still considered a box office bomb. On opening day Daddy Day Camp grossed $773,706, and grossed $3,402,678 on opening weekend on over 2,000 screens. It went on to gross $18.2 million worldwide.
Daddy Day Camp was universally panned by critics, generally for its excessive use of toilet and gross-out humor. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 16th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 1% on Rotten Tomatoes and 13 on Metacritic. The film received a rare "F" from The A.V. Club. On its first day of release, the film came in 9th place with $773,706. Its opening weekend totaled $3,402,678 in over 2,000 screens.
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actor||Cuba Gooding, Jr.||Nominated|
|Worst Screenplay||Geoff Rodkey||Nominated|
|J. David Stem||Nominated|
|David N. Weiss||Nominated|
|Worst Picture||William Sherak||Nominated|
|Worst Director||Fred Savage||Nominated|
|Worst Prequel or Sequel||Won|
- Daddy Day Camp | The A.V. Club
- Daddy Day Camp Review | Hollywood.com
- Daddy Day Camp Movie Reviews (Sorted by Fresh) | RottenTomatoes.com