Daddy Day Care

Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, and Anjelica Huston. Written by Geoff Rodkey and directed by Steve Carr, it marks Murphy and Carr's second collaboration after Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001). The plot follows two fathers who start a child day care out of their home after they are laid off from their corporate jobs.


Marketing executive Charlie Hinton and his best friend, Phil Ryerson, find themselves fired when their boss, CEO Jim Fields, shuts down his marketing company's entire health division due to children disliking healthy breakfast cereals made from vegetables over to their co-worker Bruce with a chocolate cereal. While his wife Kim supports the family by returning to work as a lawyer, Charlie, after six weeks of job hunting, is forced to take their young son Ben out of Chapman Academy - an expensive and over-academic preschool headed by the haughty Gwyneth Harridan. Unable to find a more affordable alternative, Charlie eventually decides to open his very own daycare center in his home with the help of Phil, calling it "Daddy Day Care". Although local parents are suspicious of men wanting to work with kids, a few opt to use their service due to it being cheaper and more child-based.