''Daddy Day Care'' is a 2003 American comedy film, starring Creator/EddieMurphy. The plot follows Charlie Hinton, a busy working father and his wife, Kim has just gone back to work as a lawyer. They enroll their child, Ben, in the Chapman Academy, a very academic pre-school, headed by Mrs. Harridan. Soon after, Charlie is laid off. In need of money, he opens up a day care center, "Daddy Day Care" with the help of his best friend Phil. At first the local moms are suspicious of men wanting to work with children (mainly because they think they're [[DepravedHomosexual homosexual]], pedophiles, or just plain incompetent).

But as "Daddy Day Care" is cheaper and more child-centered than the Academy, the latter begins to lose popularity. Mrs. Harridan attempts to shut down Daddy Day Care by notifying Child Services that Charlie and Phil are not following the regulations. The two now have to work tooth-and-nail to keep the place under regulation or their day care is shut down.

It has a sequel called ''Film/DaddyDayCamp''.
!!This film provides examples of:

* AlphaBitch: Ms. Harridan is this toward Charlie and Phil, which doubles with her being the headmistress of Chapman Academy.
* {{Angrish}}: Because getting kicked ''hurts''.
* BeeAfraid: Phil poking the hornet's nest with a broomstick goes right into TooDumbToLive territory... with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious results]] for the onscreen kids watching safely indoors.
* BrattyHalfPint: The various kids are all this at first (especially Crispin) but as Charlie and Phil get more experienced with taking care of them CharacterDevelopment leads to them being more well-behaved, Crispin growing into a model of good child behavior, and even Tony taking off his costume.
* CensorshipBySpelling: Charlie discreetly tells his wife that he lost his J-O-B at the dinner table.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: One of the girls wants to know [[TheTalk where babies come from.]] [[DefiedTrope It's too soon.]]
* CuteBruiser: Crispin, when he was enrolled.
* DoubleStandard: The reason that a few moms are initially reluctant to give the main characters care of their children. When they try to get support from another guy by asking if he thinks men can do anything a woman can, the man bluntly says no.
%%* FundraiserCarnival
%%* HilariousOuttakes
* HouseHusband: Charlie and Phil slowly have to learn how to become one while running his day-care center.
* JumpCut: Inverted. A scene switches from bedlam to sleeping children.
* LimitedWardrobe: Tony's problem when he joined Daddy Day Care; he believes he's the {{ComicBook/Flash}} and has worn his Halloween costume for weeks.
* MeaningfulName: Ms. Harridan.
* MusicalisInterruptus: Used to bookend a trip to the bathroom and [[GroinAttack a kick to the crotch]].
* NerdsSpeakKlingon: One of the kids inexplicably speaks only in Klingon. The cast meets a geek and hires him as a translator.
* PottyFailure: Played with. Max consistently makes it to the bathroom on time, but he can't aim.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Charlie gets his office job back, then quits.
* RulesLawyer: The titular establishment is constantly threatened by a lack of adherence to child care regulations... no thanks to Ms. Harridan.
* ShoutOut: There are several, mostly to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' due to Marvin's love of the series.
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* TheTalk: One of the kids wants to hear about this; see Change The Uncomfortable Subject above.
* ToiletHumor: Max's current issue when signed up for Daddy Day Care. He misses. Badly. '''''VERY, VERY BADLY.'''''
%%* WhenYouComingHomeDad