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Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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Dr. Dolittle keeps the laughs coming

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[Photo: 20th Century Fox]
Eddie Murphy, as the good doctor, has to persuade Archie the circus bear to return to the wild in Dr. Dolittle 2.

By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 2, 2001


Movie: Dr. Dolittle 2

Rating: PG for crude humor

Summary: The doctor is back! Dr. Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) hears about some trouble in the local forest. A mafia consisting of beavers, weasels and raccoons notifies Dr. Dolittle about major deforestation going on in their domain. All the animals are losing their homes.

Dr. Dolittle knows there's only one way to save the forest: The company responsible can't forge ahead with its plans if there's an endangered species populating the area. Because there is only one Pacific Western bear remaining there, Dr. Dolittle gets an idea when he sees another Pacific Western bear, Archie (voice of Steve Zahn), performing in a circus. Dr. Dolittle must use his special ability of communicating with animals to teach Archie about true manliness, in the hope that Archie will be appealing enough for the last female bear to mate with him. The catch: He has only three weeks to perform this miracle act.

My view: This movie is just as funny and entertaining as the first one. It has that same kind of silly plot that most kids will get a kick out of. Eddie Murphy is great, as always, and the story line itself was amusing.

Favorite part: I loved the part when he was giving Lucky the dog (voice of Norm Macdonald) and Archie the talk about being the "Alpha Male." If you've seen the previews, you know what I'm talking about.

Least favorite part: The ending was kind of sappy, but everything else was great!

Recommendations: This is a good movie for kids ages 10 and up, and parents will probably get a few laughs, too, though they should beware the subject of animals mating provides ample crude jokes.

Grade: A-

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Billy Norris will be in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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