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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Steve Martin
Eugene Levy
Bonnie Hunt
Tom Welling
Hilary Duff
Piper Perabo
Carmen Electra.
Directors
Adam Shankman.
Screenwriters
Sam Harper.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Cheaper by the Dozen 2
They missed a trick not calling it Cheaper By The Two-Dozen.


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Plot
The Baker parents (Martin and Hunt) and their 12 children go on holiday to a lakeside resort, where they soon find themselves competing against Jim Murtaugh (Levy), his trophy wife (Carmen Electra) and their eight over-achievers.


Review

Someone, somewhere, seems to think that the concept of a really, really big family is inherently hilarious – and in that they're completely mistaken, as this unnecessary sequel shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Martin and Eugene Levy dial it back as the competing pater familias, both with improbably beautiful wives who spend their time swishing their perfectly blow-dried locks and rolling their eyes. Amid unfunny slapstick routines and utterly predictable scrapes, few of the 20 kids get a namecheck, let alone a role.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few moments of family bonding and bickering that do resonate, and a largely against-type turn from Carmen Electra as, like, the insightful one, but they're rare nuggets in a script that always places schmaltz over substance.


Verdict
The quality cast just about manages to pull this above one-star ignominy, but a couple of good chuckles can't redeem this sappy mess.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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Average user rating for Cheaper by the Dozen 2
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Half a Sleep

I agree with empire, I found the movie dull and lacking and I was half a sleep through most of the movie. It could have been alot better. Unless you have watched the first one or is despret to see this movie I suggest stay away. ... More

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Posted by C. T. at 16:07, 11 June 2006 | Report This Post


Cynical

Why are Empire's reviews of family movies so cynical. There's not a lot wrong with this, it pretends to be no more or no less than what it is, a good, solid family film. Note to Empire: There is a place in the world for these films. You will see better but you will also see a lot worse. ... More

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Posted by qualidad at 11:14, 23 April 2006 | Report This Post


Cheap movie

This is a great film if you want to waste some time. But as always with most sequels it dosn't meet up to the first one that was about. Compared to the first one, this is a giggle.... where as the first one was a bag full of laughs. The only thing I can say is if you want to see something with your kids it is ok. ... More

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Posted by petrie040306 at 21:35, 12 January 2006 | Report This Post


L.O.V.E.D I.T

Loved it, humorous and chaotic ... More

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Posted by Empire Jack at 18:39, 09 January 2006 | Report This Post


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