Cinema Short Takes: Doctor Dolittle

Look, Mommy, the Talking Dog Went Wee-Wee!

Is anyone else out there tired of attitude? Has popular culture finally O.D.'d on sassy sitcom kids, smirky sportscasters, ribald morning men? Worst of all are the talking animals on TV spots--surely it's time for them to croak. And yet, with perfect bad timing, here comes an entire movie with nothing but chatty dogs, pigs and geese. Yeah, with attitude, pal. Ya got a problem with that?

You might hope Eddie Murphy's new comedy would have some of the coarse elan of The Nutty Professor--its parading of his gift for mimicry and disguise. But here he's a physician who not only...

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