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Cheaper By the Dozen 2
Cheaper By the Dozen 2
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars(based on 38 reviews)
Sales Rank: 12
Category: DVD

Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Label: 20th Century Fox
Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Dubbed), French (Dubbed), Spanish (Dubbed), English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 94 minutes
Number Of Items: 1

UPC: 024543231110
EAN: 0024543231110

Release Date: May 23, 2006  (New: This Week)
Theatrical Release Date: December 21, 2005
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
The best performance in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is by an actress you've probably never heard of: 11-year-old Alyson Stoner, who plays Sarah, one of twelve children of Tom and Kate Baker (Steve Martin, Bowfinger, and Bonnie Hunt, Return to Me). The movie follows the popular clan of the previous remake of Cheaper by the Dozen as they go to a camp in the mountains, where Tom renews his rivalry with Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy, Bringing Down the House). To the movie's credit, it doesn't quite degenerate into a National Lampoon's Vacation knock-off, though it comes perilously close. But thanks to the grace of Bonnie Hunt and general good spirits of the cast of kids (including Tom Welling, Smallville; Hilary Duff, The Perfect Man, who in some scenes becomes uncomfortably Lolita-esque; and Piper Perabo, Coyote Ugly, among others), this unnecessary sequel manages to remain enjoyable to anyone with a taste for broad family movies. But Stoner--as a tomboy getting her first crush--brings considerable charisma to her generically-written part, and her scenes give the movie a much-needed emotional lift. Otherwise, it's a movie in which Carmen Electra plays the voice of reason (in a series of tight-fitting tops). --Bret Fetzer

Steve Martin is funnier than ever in this hilarious sequel! Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and wife Kate (Bonnie Hunt) bring their clan together for a memorable summer getaway. But their dream vacation turns into an outrageous competition with the overachieving, overzealous family of Tom's long-time rival, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy). Featuring all the original Baker kids, including Hilary Duff, Tom Welling and Piper Perabo, this super-sized comedy is fun for the whole family!

Customer Reviews:   Read 33 more reviews...

4 out of 5 stars enjoyable sequel   May 27, 2006
An enjoyable sequel to the first film. Eugene Levy and Steve Martin are a great pair, and the storyline involving Sarah and her first crush is sweet and well-handled. There are the predictable gags, but our kids thought they were hilarious. The movie is no Oscar-contender, but given that it's nearly impossible to find a family friendly film these days, this won passes my test. I only wish the DVD, which I purchased, contained more than one 'extra'.

3 out of 5 stars MAKE THIS THE LAST ONE   May 27, 2006
  0 out of 1 found this review helpful

When a movie actually has Carmen Electra as one of its better performers, you know you're in trouble. This padded unnecessary sequel is everything you know it's going to be, and you keep wishing it was a little bit funnier. Electra plays the sexy younger wife to Eugene Levy (unusually boring in his role), and her compassionate personality is quite refreshing when mostly everybody else is so obnoxious. Hilary Duff should stick to records, and Tom Welling should've stayed on Superman. Poor Bonnie Hunt manages to seem content with her role and I have to admit that it was entertaining enough to get the "3" rating. But please let's leave the Baker family alone now. Steve Martin doesn't have very funny lines and his character continues to be an obnoxious paren.

3 out of 5 stars First one is better like usual   May 27, 2006
  0 out of 1 found this review helpful

It is a bit trite and predictable in the beginning. Yours mine and ours is better than this one.

3 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original, not Steve Martin's best   May 26, 2006
  0 out of 2 found this review helpful

Not as good as the original, not Steve Martin's best. This movie is pretty much family-friendly so I would recommend it for families who want good clean fun in a movie world driven by too much violence, sex and foul language.

The original movie based on the Gilbreth family "Cheaper by the Dozen" and its sequel "Belles on Their Toes," starring Jeanne Crain and Myrna Loy is still a much better and funnier choice. Steve Martin's portrayal of Papa Gilbreth was a little too over-the-top and the writing in the movie seemed to try to be funny versus being naturally funny, which is what the original movies achieve.

While I have always loved black-and-white movies, even though they were long before my time, you may not. In which case this movie is the solution. Everyone in the movie plays a believable part but I still couldn't help comparing it with the original classics.

3 out of 5 stars Too many characters and too many times learning the obvious lesson the second time around   May 26, 2006
  0 out of 2 found this review helpful

I was rather surprised that I could not warm up to a family comedy that has Bonnie Hunt in it, not to mention Steve Martin and Eugene Levy, but "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" rubbed me the wrong way pretty much from the start. Tom Baker (Martin) and his wife Kate (Hunt) are sending their third oldest child, Lorraine (Hilary Duff), and this is apparently the threshold for Tom to start experiencing something along the lines of "empty nest" syndrome, even with another nine kids at home. So suddenly the most important thing in the world to Dad is for the entire Baker clan to head up to Lake Winnetka for the summer so they can all be together for what might be the last time (pretend like this is a reasonable idea).

This is enough of a hurdle, since forcing people to have a good time does not really work. But when they get up to the lake Tom discovers that Jimmy Murtaugh (Levy), his third wife, Sarina (Carmen Electra), and his eight children are already there. Jimmy has the biggest house on the lake, owns most of the property around the lake, and always wins "the cup" at the friendly family competition each summer. As if not forcing people to have fun is not bad enough, now Tom wants to force his brood to have fun competing against the Murtaughs. Meanwhile the kids from the two families are having fun getting together and doing kid things while their fathers critique each other's abilities and track records as parents. It was really hard to stop cringing when these fathers go off the deep ends like that and even though a lot of what happens here is predictable and you know that everything will work out okay in the end, that does not make what Tom is doing right.

Another problem is that this is a movie that has Hillary Duff and Tom Welling show up again, and then gives them basically nothing to do, because there are now TWENTY children running around in this film, to go with the four adults (hey, that would be the "Dozen 2" they talk about in the title, right?). Of course, that is going to happen when you are talking about a family with a dozen children. Give each one five minutes of screen time and that is an hour of your film right there. But when Martin and Levy trying to outdo each other, that is never going to happen. Piper Perabo as Nora Baker-McNulty gets a bit more to do because she is carrying the first Baker grandchild, but on balance these three had little reason to do the film. In fact they are third level characters.

The first level are the parents and the second level ends up belonging to young Sarah Baker (Alyson Stoner), who is Daddy's little practical joker until she sees young Eliot Murtaugh (Taylor Lautner). However, the two families are making like the Capulets and Montagues, with Tom forbidding the children to play with each other before the big competition. Still, Sarah asks her father if it is okay if she goes to a movie with Eliot and Tom finally remembers what being a father is all about and starts to thaw back into his true self. Duff's big scene in the film is actually to help Sarah get ready for her first date and to read the riot act to the rest of the family right before Sarah has her big moment (If you are my age it is the Eliza Doolittle moment when Audrey Hepburn walks down the stairs for the Embassy Ball right before the intermission of "My Fair Lady," but if you are Sarah's age then it is the Hermoine Granger moment when Emma Watson appears on the steps at Hogswart to attend the Yule Ball in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

The subplot with Sarah and any time Bonnie Hunt looks at somebody are the best parts of this movie, but it is not enough to make it really enjoyable for me. There are enough problems with having twelve children without creating some for yourself, but that is what this script makes Tom Baker do. Even worse, this is the sort of film where when he gets to the low point and finally realizes how wrong he has been, he gets to have his cake and eat it too. Well, almost, because this is a film that makes him realize not once, but twice, how the importance of family trumps everything else. I would have rounded up on this 2005 family comedy because of Alyson Stoner, but when Tom lhad to learn the obvious lesson a second time I had to reverse course.

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