|Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family|
Tagline: This Christmas, you better watch out!
Plot: Steve Martin returns as the proud patriarch of the Baker family in this sequel to the original CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, based on a book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth. This time, all twelve Baker kids and their parents, Tom (Martin) and Kate (Bonnie Hunt), are going on vacation, returning to their summer cabin in Wisconsin for one last hurrah before the kids grow up and go their separate ways. Lorraine (Hilary Duff) is on her way to New York to begin an internship with VOGUE, Nora (Piper Perabo) is hugely pregnant, and the Bakers want to spend some quality time all together for a change. As the family arrives at their old house, however, they realize that some things have changed—and some things never do. Tom’s old high school rival, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) is now the big man about town, owning much of the surrounding area, and raising his large family in a huge home across the lake from the Bakers’. The longstanding competition between the two families—or at least that of the fathers--mounts over the course of their vacation, as the two men resort to ever nastier tactics of one-upsmanship. Meanwhile, Charlie Baker (Tom Welling) becomes closer with Anne Murtaugh (Jamie King), and Sarah (Alyson Stoner) embarks on her first romance with Eliot Murtaugh (Taylor
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The movie is otherwise about what you'd expect. As family movies go, it skews younger than the better "Rumor Has It" and "The Family Stone." It's a lot better than "Yours, Mine and Ours," which has inexplicably grossed more than $45 million, all of whichcould have been more usefully dropped into Santa's little red bucket outside the theater.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
Regardless, with more family-friendly movies in Steve Martin’s future, upcoming attempts have gotta be better than this. Even the bloopers during the closing credits stink.
--Norm Schrager (FilmCritic.com)
“Dozen 2” is mild and charming, and gives me hope that maybe someone realizes that not all family films need to be entirely assaulting and insufferable.
--Brian Orndorf (eFilmCritic.com)
...“Cheaper By the Dozen 2" is a miserable experience filled with crude slapstick, cruder sentiment and retrograde jokes (those uncomfortable by the tolerance surrounding “Brokeback Mountain” will be relieved to learn that this movie boldly teaches kids that people who appear to be homosexual should be laughed at mercilessly)...
--Peter Sobczynski (eFilmCritic.com)
The tagline for “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” is perhaps the most well-written sentence regarding this film. “This Christmas, you better watch out!” scream the movie posters.
--Chelsea Bain (BostonHerald.com)
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|Parents looking for family-friendly fare during the holidays could do a lot worse than “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.” Of course, they could do substantially better, too. C|
Whatever the current fascination with big families is, I just wish it would go away. -4