''Daddy Day Care'' is a 2003 American comedy film, directed by Steve Carr and starring Creator/EddieMurphy. The plot follows Charlie Hinton (Murphy), a busy working father and his wife, Kim (Regina King) 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 (Creator/AnjelicaHuston). 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 Ryerson (Jeff Garlin). 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:

* {{Adorkable}}: Marvin
* 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.
** Then the ending scene has [[spoiler:Miss Harridan [[LaserGuidedKarma reduced to a traffic guard, being attacked by bees because of a flower Crispin placed on her vest]]]].
* BigBad: Ms. Harridan, who wants to force Daddy Day Care out of business because she simply doesn't want the competition.
* 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
* HateSink: Miss Harridan is an arrogant, fun-hating snob who actively schemes to have Daddy Day Care taken down.
%%* 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. [[spoiler: When he ditches the costume, Charlie and Phil have no idea who he is at first.]]
* MeaningfulName: Ms. Harridan.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Jenny, Ms. Harridan's assistant, takes a ''lot'' of crap from her boss. [[spoiler:Is it really ''that'' surprising when she jumps ship for Daddy Day Care in the end?]]
* 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 named Marvin and hires him as a translator.
* ProductPlacement: Becca holds a cell phone and repeatedly asks "Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?"
* PottyFailure: Played with. Max consistently makes it to the bathroom on time, but he can't aim. However, they are eventually able to potty train him.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Charlie gets his office job back, then quits.
** Miss Harridan's assistant, Jenny [[spoiler:ends up jumping ship to Daddy Day Care after Harridan loses her job]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The child services Ms. Harridan keeps trying to sic on Charlie and Phil. He holds no ill will against the fathers, and constantly reminds him that he is only doing his job, giving them plenty of time to meet the day care regulations.
* RulesLawyer: The titular establishment is constantly threatened by a lack of adherence to child care regulations, no thanks to Ms. Harridan. However, they do make an effort to resolve these issues.
* ShoutOut: There are several, mostly to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' due to Marvin's love of the series.
* SmugSnake: Ms. Harridan schemes to get rid of Daddy Day Care, but all her attempts fail.
%%* TitleDrop
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: More like a terrible touring montage, but while trying to find a day-care center for Charlie's son, they go through this. Chapman Academy ends up looking like the best option, despite its overly-formal setting.
* 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