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'Dr. Dolittle 2': Unbearable

By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 22, 2001


    'Dr. Dolittle 2' Eddie Murphy talks to the animals in "Dr. Dolittle 2." (20th Century Fox)
Verbs? Not worth the trouble for this "Dr. Dolittle 2" review. This straight-to-video dog. This forgettable sequel to the forgettable 1998 remake.

Eddie Murphy funny? Not here. Movie funny? Next question, please. Adorable animals full of hilarious comments from plentiful off-screen celebs? Yes on plentiful celebs. Examples: Norm Macdonald as the voice of Lucky, Dr. D's dog with cross-species hots for a she-wolf; Michael Rapaport as Joey, a raccoon with Mafia connections; Lisa Kudrow as Ava, a she-bear; and Jacob Vargas as a chameleon with a confusing mishmash of Latino and Indian in his accent.

But negative on "wickedly hilarious."

The plot: evil, greedy, corporate plans for forest removal. Congregation of potentially homeless forest animals at the front door of Dr. John Dolittle (Murphy).

Dr. Dolittle reaction: successful legal injunction, thanks to lawyer-wife (Kristen Wilson), claiming at least one endangered species: Pacific Northwestern Bear.

Nice judge's ultimatum: one successful mating session within one month or no more forest. First problem: Only one female bear (Kudrow) in forest. Next problem: Only available male candidate, a circus bear (voice of Steve Zahn) with yuppie tastes and aversion to the wild.

Meanwhile: narcoleptic tension between Dr. D and teenage daughter Charisse (Raven-Symone) over cheesily good-looking Eric (Lil' Zane).

Humor check? Again, negative.

Best news: over in 87 minutes.

"Dr. Dolittle 2" (PG, 87 minutes) – Some language and jokes about flatulence. Area theaters.


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