“Daddy Day Camp” is a film which makes some positive statements about fathers and sons who misunderstand one another but find reconciliation. Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his father, Col. Buck Hinton (Richard Gant), have always had trouble communicating, but when Charlie needs his dad to help keep a camp afloat, the colonel rides into town with his experience, knowledge, discipline and his creative ideas to jump-start the sagging morale of the campers. There is also a nice, “I love you Dad,” and “I love you, Son” moment in the movie.
However, there is a lot of crude potty humor in the film. There is no single incident which prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to the movie. Some of the humor, such as the kids getting back at an arrogant counselor from a rival camp, is overdone humor; as you would see in a cartoon. Still, parents should consult the content chart below to decide if they wish to take their children. There are some good themes in the film, including teamwork and spirit, despite some of the crude moments. Another example of a good theme is a counselor who helps a boy who is embarrassed about wetting the bed.