Eddie Murphy may just be the best and most prolific family-friendly actor in Hollywood today. I count five of his previous films that have received the Dove Seal (Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Daddy Day Care and Dr. Doolittle 2) and this wonderful family-friendly film makes number six. Eddie Murphy is hysterical as a spaceship, manned by hundreds of aliens 1/4″ tall. His facial expressions, and antics as he tries to adapt to earth and its people captures his slapstick comedy genius. While some of the comedy is toilet humor, none of it is that bad. It’s the type of teenage boy humor like when the captain of the spaceship calls down to engineering for a damage report after “Dave” wins a hotdog eating contest, and the engineer reports back that “we lost some gas. It was silent but it wasn’t deadly.”
Kids, Mom and Dad will enjoy this fun-filled story and Eddie Murphy’s acting although due to some disrespectful attitudes and a few choice words, we are recommending the picture for twelve plus. Dave gives kids good advice in some scenes when Josh, the smallest kid in his fifth grade class, laments about not being able to defend himself and Dave says, “Josh the most powerful force in the universe often comes from the smallest star.”
Dove awards this film the Dove Seal and you too can “Meet Dave” at your local theater.