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Dr. Dolittle (1998) 1998

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The wild and woolly adventures of the one and only vet who can talk to the animals.

Starring:
Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Betty Thomas
Starring Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis
Supporting actors Oliver Platt, Peter Boyle, Richard Schiff, Kristen Wilson, Jeffrey Tambor, Kyla Pratt, Raven-Symoné, Steven Gilborn, Erik Dellums, June Christopher, Cherie Franklin, Mark Adair-Rios, Don Calfa, Arnold F. Turner, Kay Yamamoto, Kellye Nakahara, Beth Grant, Yule Caise
Studio Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
Just a note to those who were uncomfortable watching this film with their children; movies have ratings for a reason. This movie is rated PG-13, which tells you up front that it has content that is considered inappropriate for young children. In this case, it is crude humor.
What I don't understand is why they made a movie with a story line aimed at a young audience, and then inclduded content that earned it a rating that recommends that a young audience shouldn't see it.
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Format: DVD
This is a movie I bought first, primarily for the kids because of the reviews. No one ever asked to watch it a second time. I say this because one of my kids was watching the Lion King last night, for the umpteenth time. So yes, I agree that eddie murphy impressed me again with his talent... but it just didn't grab my kids, 3 boys and 2 girls. I had to give it a good rating of 3 rather than a 2 to encourage the making of good movies.
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Format: VHS Tape
I don't care what any of those fops say about not buying this video. It's hilarious, my daughter just loves it and when she calls for me, Momma, I say, I'm not your Momma! - ala the scene where the egg hatches - at which she falls down in uproarious laughter and has become a big family joke. I think Eddy Murphy is hilarious and I couldn't live without that Guinea pig! Indelible! Shut the hell up about Rex Harrison. No one cares. My life is too serious all day to not be able to chill out with a fun movie once in a while.
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Great Movie! Watched again with my MIL. She really had a good time watching this. We will be watching Dr. Dolittle 2 very soon! I think it's much better than the original, although the original was a musical and is hard to compare the two versions because of that. I am partial to musicals. This version added some very funny elements to the story that kept it moving at a good pace with frequent laughs. Good family fun!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After I received this fil, I pulled out the original (Rex Harrison) and watched it. You know, see them in order. OMG! What was I thinking? While I realize they are very different types of movie, I had forgotten that ANY resembalence to the two is purely coincidental!!!
Further more, the original is awful. Bad songs, bad puppets, bad script! While I will never get rid of the original (I have very fond memories from childhood (where I apparently chose seriously bad cinema) or my tastes have changed drastically! I think it may be a bit of both. Here's my advice...get both. The old one is considered a classic, and kids adore it. I think that's enough reason. As for the Eddie Murphy version, get it. It is a funny and magical ride.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great video. Eddie Murphy is at his comedic best as a doctor (turned veterenarian) who discovers that he can talk to the animals. I viewed this years ago on VHS tape and just upgraded my video collection with the dvd.
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Spoiler Free*****

Not really the best of "Family" movies. Too much swearing and questionable references.....there are better options for your family movie night then this one. Never saw the original movie but I can't imagine it is as bad as this one.
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Format: VHS Tape
When my grandchildren brought over to my house the movie Dr. Dolittle, I shuddered to think what kind of language might be on the video. I kept my hand on the remote control, ready to change channels at the first sign of Eddy Murphy's colorful lanugage from his past movies. But I was surprised to see that wasn't to be. Most of the language my grandchildren didn't understand anyway but they enjoyed watching the animals talk.
The Dr. Dolittle movie is a great escape from our everyday life routine. I have watched this movie about 15 times and each time I crack up laughing at the scene where Eddy Murphy (John) wakes up in bed and realizes something is crawling on his chest. John lifts the sheet to find Rodney (the family's guinea pig). John lets out a terrifying scream.
John along with his two partners are trying to sell their medical practice for a large sum of money. John is married to a very supportive wife and they have two kids. Pressures from the sell of the practice and all of the talking animals are taking a toll on poor John. Everyone thinks John is cracking up. John checks into a medical center. One thing after another happens, which I will not reveal because you need to watch this movie yourself.
John medically treats the talking animals anywhere from plucking a twig from an owl"s wing to operating on a lion. Eddy Murphy could not have done such a good job without all of the star menagerie voices of: Chris Rock, John Lequizamo, Norm MacDonald, Albert Books, Garry Shandling and Ellen DeGeneres. Talking animal movies have been done before but they are what makes this movie seem exceptionally funny.
Dr. Dolittle is a "must" see movie, there is a moral to the story. It can teach children that just because you might be "different" does not mean you are "weird".
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