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Bob Munro (Robin Williams) has reached a difficult intersection on the road of life. Once, he played hero to his daughter Cassie (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque). Now she's an iPod-sporting, disgruntled teenager who'd rather hang with Osama bin Laden than dear old dad. Bob seeks support from wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines) and son Carl (Josh Hutcherson), though his efforts are met by blank stares.

Bob's work situation isn't much better. As the former golden employee inches closer to retirement, he's forced to look over his shoulder at the younger, hungrier competition eager to please a selfish, credit-hogging boss (Will Arnett). Bob seeks support from his coworkers, and finds those familiar blank stares.

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The Shaggy Dog Review


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In the summer of 2003, Disney scored with its update of Freaky Friday, employing the talents of gifted writer Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire), Jamie Lee Curtis, and a pre C-cup Lindsay Lohan. The movie not only was a surprise box office hit, but very funny. Lohan deservedly became a star, a fact people are starting to forget, and we re-discovered Curtis's crack comic timing.

Now, with Pixar and DreamWorks making family films kids and parents cherish for different reasons -- The Incredibles being a prime example -- Disney would have been smart to stick to the formula that earned Freaky Friday over $110 million at the box office and critical kudos. It doesn't seem that difficult.

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Daddy Day Care Review


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Like a slugger in the midst of a three-game slump, Eddie Murphy desperately needs a hit. If the comedian made his money as a major-leaguer, he'd have been bussed down to the minors as punishment for recent turns in such dismal failures as The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Showtime, and I Spy. So it's no surprise to see him retreating to safer waters in the sure-to-please family comedy Daddy Day Care.

Calling to mind everything from Kindergarten Cop to Mr. Mom, director Steve Carr's Day Care pits unemployed fathers Charlie (Murphy) and Phil (Jeff Garlin) against an army of adorable adolescents when the dads decide to earn cash by opening a day care center. Steve Zahn tags along, polishing the edges off his goofball slacker persona with touching and humorous results. Meanwhile, Anjelica Huston assumes an off-kilter dominatrix mentality to play the headmaster at a rival preschool.

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