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Successful physician and devoted family man John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long-suppressed talent he possessed as a child - the ability to communicate with animals - is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within squawking distance wants the good doctor's advice, unleashing an outrageous chain of events that turn his world upside down!
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Common Sense Says
This gimmicky animal tale is crude but funny.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dr. Dolittle is a crude but funny Eddie Murphy vehicle that takes the name and basic concept from Hugh Lofting's famous stories about a man who can "talk to the animals." An enormous amount of rude humor -- innuendo, potty humor, iffy language -- involving the good doctor's animal patients is added to the mix. Because many of the jokes include toilet humor and crude references to the human body, parents may want to decide whether or not they feel comfortable with this type of content for younger kids, though those children will certainly be charmed by the animal characters. Older kids will enjoy the jokes, but parents may still wish to exercise discretion, due to the nature of the humor, which includes innuendo and some language ("ass," and one use of "s--t").
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:June 26, 1998
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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