Daddy Day Camp
The two pals who established Daddy Day Care buy the dilapidated summer camp they attended as kids, taking on a rivalry with the neighboring camp, along with all the debts and broken facilities. The stars are Cuba Gooding Jr. and Paul Rae, since original stars Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin have wisely chosen to be absent this time around. The script by Geoff Rodkey, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow is slapped together in an obvious effort simply to crank out a sequel to a surprise hit, with nothing but money for motivation. It’s equal parts inept fart-and-potty jokes and treacly family-values smarm—and it’s a toss-up which is more forced and unbelievable. Fred Savage directs with an unsteady hand, but you can’t blame him; Mike Nichols couldn’t have made this junk work.