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Daddy Day Care (PG)
Analysis Date: May 8, 2003
CAP Score: 85 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.27

MinMax: -30

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

DADDY DAY CARE (2003), PG -- ...a welcome sanitized departure from...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Revolution Studios, Day Care Productions, Davis Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, The 20th Century Fox Film Corporation Director(s): Steve Carr Producer(s): Matt Berenson, Jack Brodsky, John Davis, Wyck Godfrey, Dan Kolsrud, Joe Roth, Heidi Santelli Written by/Screenplay: Geoff Rodkey (written by) Cinematography/Camera: Steven B. Poster Music: David Newman Film Editing: Christopher Greenbury Casting: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy Production Design: Garreth Stover Art Direction: Chris Cornwall Viewed At: Driuftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas

During the opening credits, Ben (Khamani Griffin), the delightful big-brown-eyed three year old son of Charlie "I lost my j-o-b" Hinton (Eddie Murphy), an ad agency executive suffering downsizing unemployment, prances to the bathroom while "Walking on Sunshine" plays in the background. The song stops sharply and just long enough to hear Ben urinate in the stool ... but we don't have to watch it as is typical of most movies that seem to infatuated with body functions. This sets the stage for a number of body-function comedy skits freckling the show but refreshingly none of them are seen by the viewer -- a welcome sanitized departure from what has historically been cinematic fascination with visible piles of poop and streams of urine. That scene is probably a good example of the worst of what is to follow. The rest of it is good portrayal of ... of kids. And I can tell you about kids. After 23 foster kids and eight adoptions, a movie like this comes as a refreshing and delightful "I've been there" sympathetic present. If you are a parent, you will surely empathize with Charles if you decide that this movie is acceptable after seeing what we reveal for you to help you make that decision.

Along with Charles, Phil (Jeff Garlin ) and Marvin (Steve Zahn) are downsized along with 300 other of the health foods division of the company making "foods" for kids. Mom just finished law school when Ben was born so she, after 6 weeks of no luck at Charles finding a job, must use her skills to pay the bills. Charles is a wreck. He is used to being in charge and the provider. What to do? What to do? While moping about, Charles has a brainstorm -- start a day care center! With the excitement of a child, Charles approaches Phil and Marvin with the idea and convinces them to join him in his new challenge, the Daddy Day Care center.

The rest of the plot and story are fairly well revealed by the previews and trailers. But what is not revealed by the previews and trailers are a few issues you may want to consider before taking your adolescent to see *Daddy Day Care*, if for no other reason than to avoid emulation of what is seen and heard by your toddlers. For if a child is taught or caused by example to do bad things or wrong things, they who do the teaching or the allowing of it are the ones whom God will hold accountable [Luke 17:2; Heb. 13:17; Matt. 18:7]. Yes, that is a rather hard statement, but I did not write the Rules. I am just as suborinate to them as you.

On a number of occasions, little ones are seen doing or trying to do physical harm to adult caregivers [Exod. 20:12; Matt. 18:10] and the little "slapstick" violence may lead your toddlers to try the same. While there was only one clear use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Prov. 22:11] and five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11], there was one use of a three/four letter word which was muffled but clearly understood by those who have heard it before. As with all films with writers who have a fascination with body functions, fluids and exudates, this one has its share of flatulence though not so much as intentionally offensive behavior. Lies are bad enough [Rev. 21:8] but lies by adults are definitely a bad example for your kids. Though most kids will not understand sexual innuendo about breast feeding (an adult male wanting a woman breast feed him while the camera focus on her chest) [Eph. 5:5], they will have seen and heard it if they attend this movie. A three year old boy (Ben) yelled defiance at his father which is certainly not a behavior to be emulated in the name of entertainment [Prov. 13:24]. Most child actors and actresses clearly have an expression on their face which is a give-away that they know what they are doing is make-believe. One of the young girl actresses suffered that shortcoming as she clearly enjoyed kicking Phil in the crotch, who them rolled and writhed while grabbing his privates for an seemingly long screen time.

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all the findings noted. Please read it somberly before you decide to take your toddlers to this movie.

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  • Heb. 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account [report to God], that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  • Matt. 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man [or woman] through whom they come!
  • Exod. 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise [kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse)] not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. [This verse is added to address those who would take advantage of little chilren who obey they who have rule over them and do evil to them.]
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • Prov. 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. [A "rod" does NOT mean a literal beating with a pole or stick. The "rod" can be anything that corrects rebellion and arrogance. The "rod" can even be a kind word as long as it builds righteous compliance. See]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Daddy Day Care (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • adolescent physical aggression against fair adult authority
  • "slapstick" violence

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • muffled foul word
  • toddler son yelling defiance at his father
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies by adults

    Sex/Homosexuality (S)
  • crotch kick to an adult man by an adolescent girl
  • excessive cleavage by one of the mothers
  • an innuendo regarding breast feeding

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    NOTE: While the Summary/Commentary section of these reports is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format which can be and sometimes is subjective, the actual CAP Analysis Model (the Findings/Scoring section) makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse, for manufacture of justification for, or camouflaging of ignominious content or aberrant behavior or imagery with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme/plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example of behavior or thought from the sinful display or of the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. We make no attempt to quantify the "artistic" or "entertainment" value of a movie -- whether a movie has any positive value or "entertainment" value is up to mom/dad. The CAP analysis model is the only known set of tools available to parents and grandparents which give *them* the control they need, bypassing the opinion-based assessment of movies by others and defeating the deceit of those who would say anything to convince their parents otherwise. The model is completely objective to His Word. Our investigation standards are founded in the teachings and expectations of Jesus Christ. If a sinful behavior is portrayed, it is called sinful whether Hollywood tries to make it otherwise. That the sinful behavior is "justified" by some manufactured conditions does not soften nor erase the price of sin. Whether there is application of fantasy "justification" or "redemption" is up to mom/dad.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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