Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)



Critic Consensus: A sequel to a remake, Cheaper 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor.

Movie Info

The jumbo-sized Baker family are back in this sequel to the 2003 box-office hit Cheaper by the Dozen. College football coach Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and his wife, author Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt), have decided its time they took their sizable brood of 12 children on a summer vacation, and so they pack up the cars and take the kids to Lake Winnetka for some camping. Not all the kids are happy about this, but the one who is really annoyed turns out to be Tom, who discovers his old rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) is also staying near the lake. Jimmy and his trophy wife, Sarina (Carmen Electra), also have a large family of eight children, and Jimmy and Tom seem intent upon one-upping each other at every opportunity. As the tensions mount, the Baker family and the Murtaugh clan face off in a not-so-good-natured series of family games to determine which of the parents have the greater bragging rights. In addition to Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt, the actors playing the 12 Baker children from the 2003 film return for Cheaper by the Dozen 2, including Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, and Kevin Schmidt.more
Rating: PG (for some crude humor and mild language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Sam Harper
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2006
Box Office: $82.5M
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Steve Martin
as Tom Baker
Bonnie Hunt
as Kate Baker
Eugene Levy
as Jimmy Murtaugh
Tom Welling
as Charlie Baker
Hilary Duff
as Lorraine Baker
Kevin G. Schmidt
as Henry Baker
Alyson Stoner
as Sarah Baker
Jacob Smith
as Jake Baker
Liliana Mumy
as Jessica Baker
Forrest Landis
as Mark Baker
Blake Woodruff
as Mike Baker
Brent Kinsman
as Nigel Baker
Shane Kinsman
as Kyle Baker
Morgan York
as Kim Baker
Jonathan Bennett
as Bud McNulty
Piper Perabo
as Nora Baker-McNulty
Carmen Electra
as Sarina Murtaugh
Jaime King
as Anne Murtaugh
Alexander Conti
as Kenneth Murtaugh
Taylor Lautner
as Elliot Murtaugh
Melanie Tonello
as Becky Murtaugh
Robbie Amell
as Daniel Murtaugh
Courtney Fitzpatrick
as Lisa Murtaugh
Madison Fitzpatrick
as Robin Murtaugh
Shawn Roberts
as Calvin Murtaugh
William Copeland
as The Commodore
Peter Keleghan
as Mike Romanow
Damon Runyan
as Tennis Pro
Graham Losee
as Theatre Usher
Seth Howard
as Clam Bake Server
Matthew Knight
as Theatre Kid
Lee Macdougall
as Doobner Dad
Jennifer Parsons
as Doobner Mom
Jenny Parsons
as Doobner Mom
Dylan Rosenthal
as Doobner Older Son
Haylee Wanstall
as Doobner Daughter
Ely Henry
as Doobner Younger Son
Trevor Smith
as Security Guard
Tre Smith
as Security Guard
Adam Shankman
as Clam Bake Chef
Shawn Levy
as Hospital Intern
Enid Rose
as Announcer at Graduat...
Kristen Dulmage
as Clam Bake Piano Play...
Kevin Schmidt
as Henry Baker
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Critic Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen 2

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (30)

There's a discernible lack of enthusiasm from almost everyone involved, and Duff, who's gone from wholesome to haggard in two short years, is flat-out scary.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is definitely a family trip to stay home and skip.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's something pernicious about a toxic mix of sitcom and snickering sex jokes getting packaged and effectively sold as wholesome fun for the family.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A family fantasy that plays at being happy and picture-perfect but primarily comes off as fake and dismayingly unfunny.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is so incredibly bland and by the numbers it's painful to watch ... it's just a collection of unfunny moments that are both uninteresting and annoying.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

I was convinced I was going to hate this film. But, it didn't bug me as much as I thought it would.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009

Audience Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen 2


I think the first one was better. This one looked just lame. And what happened to the first son's girlfriend? They looked so lovey dovey in the first movie. And what happened to Hilary? I mean she looked so old over here.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

As good as the first film! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Saw it again!!! Good family movie to have a few laughs and enjoy.

The Baker Family begins to undergo many changes,beginning with Lorraine(Hillary Duff), and her desire to go study in New York. Their oldest daughter,Nora(Piper Perabo),is now married To Bud McNulty,and pregnant. But the couple intend to move to Houston Texas,Because of Bud's new job promotion. Feeling that the family is breaking apart,as the children grow up and move away. Tom persuades the entire family to take one last family vacation all together At Lake Winnetka. Tom's old rival Jimmy Murtaugh(Eugene Levy), and his large family are also there for the summer. Jimmy constantly flaunts his wealth and success to Tom, as well of the accomplishemnts of his children,constantly suggesting to Tom that the Baker children are less successful,because of Tom's parenting style. During the movie, Sarah Baker and Elliot Murtaugh,go on a date,where they are spied on by their fathers. In the end of the movie, the Bakers and the Murtaughs,become friends, when during a canoe race, Nora goes into labor, and the 2 families,work together to get Nora to the hospital. Nora gives birth to a baby boy,whom they name Tom.In the end,back at the lake Nora and Bud say good-bye to Nora's family,and Nora,Bud and the baby head off To Houston,Texas.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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