2001 is the year of sequels, and Dr. Dolittle 2 probably ranks in as the biggest flop of them all. It fared okay, but nowhere near what was expected, but is there a reason?
Not really. Dr. Dolittle 2 is pretty entertaining and fairlly funny, but it does suffer from what most sequels suffer from; it is the same old thing. I haven't seen the original film in a while (the 1998 Eddie Murphy version), but I know that this one is not much different in content. If you've seen the first one, you really do not need to see this movie at all.
At the same time, though, Dr. Dolittle 2 lays out its share of funny moments, and I was pretty much laughing the entire time. There are a ton of animals and most of them have comedic things to say (there is a drunk monkey, a Mexican chameleon, a sexually-deprived bear, and an animal mafia led by a beaver). Murphy, unfortunately, really does not dominate the film; he isn't that funny... he's just there to tie in animal scene after animal scene.
Dr. Dolittle 2 has an environment story, which, of course, brings in the evil lumber company. The focus on Dr. Dolittle trying to teach the bear how to "get with" a wild female bear is really not that interesting. Basically, the plot sucks, but the movie manages to push its way through with lots of funny scenes and one-liners.
I would not say that Dr. Dolittle 2 is a winner by any means, but it has lots of laughs and makes for a good hour and a half of entertainment.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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