Dr. Dolittle (1998)

Theatrical Release: June 26, 1998
DVD Release: August 3, 1999
Dr. Dolittle (1998)


Dr. John Dolittle has the world in his hands: A beautiful wife at his side, two adorable daughters and a career that could not go better. One night, he nearly runs over a dog with his car. The dog yells “bonehead” and disappears. From then on, his childhood ability is back: to communicate with animals. Unfortunately, the word of Dolittle’s ability is spreading quickly. Soon, many animals from rat to horse flock to his place to get medical advice. But his colleagues suspect he’s going mad, and as the clinic Dolittle used to work for is about to be taken over for a huge amount of money, many decisions have to be made. Believe him? Put him into a mental institution? Sell the clinic? But also his family is close to breaking apart-until a circus tiger falls seriously ill.

Dove Review

This film could have been a funny family film. Instead, the language under our Dove content area knocks it out of our approval perimeter. There is strong language and many crude words. There is everything in it from rat flatulence to a monkey drinking. There is also sexual innuendo in it but it is in the dialog arena that it doesn’t make our cut. In one scene an animal calls a tiger a coward, but says it as, “You big pu**y.” The word “butthead” and “butt” is used with frequency as well.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between husband and wife. They are interrupted from making love.
Language: J-1; A-8; S-1; H-6; OMG-4; My Lord-1; D-1; slang for female genitalia; one "frickin."
Violence: A man purposely slams a door into a man's face, breaking his nose.
Drugs: Surgical drugs and a monkey drinks.
Nudity: Cleavage and a woman's hip is shown as she receives a shot.
Other: None


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Nat Mauldin
Director: Betty Thomas
Producer: John Davis
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 85 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter