Fast-Paised review: 'Daddy Day Camp'

Playing the same characters that looked a lot like Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin in "Daddy Day Care," Cuba Gooding Jr. and a random overweight sidekick (Paul Rae) take over their childhood camp that's one more crappy summer away from being foreclosed by the bank. Instead of hustling to provide working bathrooms, the guys try to make sure that their sons have a good time.

Big questions: Is there one single moment in this sequel to justify its existence? (And was it really directed by "Wonder Years" star Fred Savage?!)

Skip it: Any story that incurs memories of the plot from the already ridiculous "Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style" (Kelly's grandpa's hotel, anyone?) is seriously lacking in creative effort. It's also ridiculous to watch Camp Driftwood compete in a hokey Olympiad against evil Camp Canola when Driftwood should really be worried about the camp being condemned and the owners being arrested for negligence.

Catch it: Even though none of the kids can act their way around a campfire, you can enjoy choosing your favorite among the fat kid, guy with the mullet, the dork who vomits, the smart girl, the babe, the nerd or the wise guy. Yes, the film is a gold mine of robust characters!

Bottom line: So patched-together and DOA that watching it feels like "Daddy Millennium Camp." The actors obviously see the movie only as a paycheck, but the check should have a note at the bottom that says, "Shame on you!"

Bonus: Take yourself back to that queasy feeling you sometimes got at summer camp when Phil (Rae) claims that you can trust a fat guy: "Cross my heart and hope to diet." If you want to buy the script for "Daddy Day Camp," you can find it at a pharmacy next to the Pepto-Bismol.

Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.

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'Daddy Day Camp'

Running time: 1:27. Rated PG for mild bodily humor and language.

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