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Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

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6

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 87

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

10

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 27

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

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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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

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

Sam Harper

May 23, 2006

$82.5M

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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (87) | DVD (16)

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.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This is definitely a family trip to stay home and skip.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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
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A family fantasy that plays at being happy and picture-perfect but primarily comes off as fake and dismayingly unfunny.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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I wonder how many meetings they had before they came up with that title. And didn't we just see this movie a couple of weeks ago, and wasn't it called Yours, Mine and Ours?

December 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It aims to be pleasant and good-natured, which it is. There are enough laughs scattered throughout to keep everything moderately amusing, and the cast is likeable.

December 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

I think it should be considered child abuse to inflict this tripe upon children.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A sequel every bit as bland, forced and flat as the generic 2003 comedy which spawned it.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Its heart is in the right place, but a reliance on gimmicks and sentiment undermines the story. In the end, both the laughs and the tears here come just a little too cheap.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

All I wanted to do was rent Ron Howard's Parenthood again just to remind myself that Steve Martin once made a film about families that was both honest and funny.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Martin and Levy mug for their close-ups and then retire to their trailers while the stunt doubles do the really hard work.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

'Cheaper by the Dozen 2' is one of the reasons that movie viewership dropped off in 2005.

April 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A couple of good chuckles can't redeem this sappy mess.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A miserable experience filled with crude slapstick, cruder sentiment and retrograde jokes.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...[takes] a dated, sitcom approach that reveals just how little the filmmakers think of their audience.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The treacle spreads like molten lava and everyone ends up flat on their molasses.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

if you go to this movie and find any decent laugh in there whatsoever, you should know right now that I have nothing but utter contempt for you.

January 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

[A] cinematic Bataan death march of pratfalls, kicks to the crotch, leg-humping dogs, pseudo-adorable rugrats who are a collective menace to society, and stomach-turning schmaltz...

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

This sequel is just a string of lame slapstick gags, where Steve Martin acts handicapped, makes a fool of himself and gets a wetsuit stuck up his butt.

January 2, 2006 Full Review

Cheaper by the gross.

January 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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.
September 14, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

As good as the first film! A must see!
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
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.
February 6, 2011
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Very different from the first film. The story is more complex and the humor is more cruder. Steve Martin again delivers a funny performance and so does Eugene Levy. Bonnie Hunt as Mrs. Baker is again funny and Carmen Electra needed some help but she was okay. There are like twenty kids in the flick and maybe only half of them were good actors. The ones that did well were Hilary Duff, Alison Stoner, and Taylor Lautner. Yes, Taylor "Sexy Abs" Lautner is in this.

Though not as good as the first, it still delivers zany fun for the whole family! Cheaper by the Dozen 3 is in development right now. I hope its better.
November 2, 2010
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