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  • Taming the wild and crazy guy
    With oldest daughter Nora (Piper Perabo) married, pregnant and moving to Houston and Lorraine (Hilary Duff) just graduated and moving to New York, patriarch Tom Baker (Steve Martin) feels life quickly passing him by and decides to have one last outing with the whole family intact. Accordingly, the Banks clan goes vacationing to Lake Wanetka. There, Tom is reluctantly reacquainted with his old rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) and his annoyingly perfect family (though, in due time, we find out there is something rotten in Boulders). It's not too long before Tom's competitive juices are flowing and he and Murtaugh are trading snide, snarky comments and pettily battling to top each other in campfire songs, in tennis, and, ultimately, in the annual Labor Day Cup Event.

    The whole gang from the first movie is back and comfortably slips into the old, familiar roles. Steve Martin once again mines the family comedy vault of uncomplicated humor and shtick. As Tom Baker, Martin is wackily distraught, sentimental, and unwilling to let go of his maturing offsprings - basically, he's being a normal dad, and Eugene Levy matches him hangup for hangup. The excellent Bonnie Hunt, with her quiet, good-humored takes, predictably shines as Kate Baker. The film strays from the evil stepmother cliche as Carmen Electra plays Murtaugh's third wife as a sweet, understanding woman, who seems to genuinely care for her husband and step-family. Because of the immense cast, Tom Welling, Piper Perabo, Hilary Duff and others don't have enough screen time to strut their stuff. However, special mention must go out to young scene stealer Alyson Stoner (Sarah Baker), the tomboyish prankster who teeters on the brink of girlish teenhood and has her first ever crush. She probably was the best actor of the lot.

    I've read the wonderful book by Frank B. Gilbreth and had seen the original 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen starring Clifton Webb and the great Myrna Loy. I saw the later version with Steve Martin and thought it highly diverting. This feel-good sequel is marked with the same easy-going sense of fun, warmth and mirth that permeated the first movie. What can you expect from this film? Well, let's see...predictable hijinks, predicaments you see a mile off, a crazed Steve Martin escalating situations to the point where you're just cringing (the movie theatre scene, for example), and, finally, quick blanket resolutions ending in hugs and handshakes, and a once-again harmonious family or two. Even the given villain has his eyes opened and transforms into a semi-softie. Harmless and good-natured, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 may not have the vaunted zany Steve Martin comedy stylings, but, c'mon, you really didn't expect him to bust out with a "King Tut" rendition, did you?
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  • Better than the First one
    This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. Now I loved the first one, it is still one of my favorites. But this one is so good. I really like the storyline on this one. It has a good story and it goes into detail with some of the kids who you didn't really get to know in the first one. Like Sara Baker. It goes into detail about her. This movie is very funny and when it comes out, I'm going to buy it. I recommend this movie to anyone....more info
  • A Nicole Review
    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! ...more info
  • Funny...and amazing!
    Cheaper by the Dozen 1 has always been one of my favorite movies, and when I heard about the second one, I told myself I had to go see it. I loved the movie as much! It made me laugh so hard. I think all the kids are great actors and filled in their character very well. A lot of people have not enjoyed this movie as much, but I definetely think it was a classic. Way to go for Cheaper By The Dozen!...more info
  • Cheaper By The Dozen 2
    I loved this movie,when I saw it in theaters. It was much better then the frist one. IT seemed more active to me and I loved watching it. 2 Thumbs Up...more info
  • an ok film
    Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is an improvement over the first one. Not a BIG improvement. Just a slightly better film.

    I didn't care for how typical of a family movie this turned out to be. It also seemed like, while watching the family at that vacation place, that the only reason this movie exists is to make a few extra bucks and ride the momentum of the success of the previous movie. The writing was weak overall.

    The movie is about Steve Martin (of course) who's the father of 12 children feuding with another father (of 8 kids) at this vacation place. Now, the story parts where the two fathers continued to get in their little digs because they didn't get along with each other was funny, but they really wasted some potential here for good action scenes.

    An example: in one scene, Steve Martin tells his younger daughter about a plan to do something bad to the guy, but what happens? Only one above-average moment takes place involving a dog going crazy and jumping around on top of a dinner table, ruining the bad fathers "good china". It just wasn't particularly memorable writing. We were led to believe the rest of the movie would involve Steve's daughter finding ways to torment the guy, but after this scene, nothing more really happened, and the focus shifted on the daughter dating a boy around her age. Why?

    Maybe they were trying to step the writing up a notch by maturing the kids. If that's the case, it's too soon for that. After all, this is only the second Cheaper by the Dozen movie. Wait until a third one, if one actually happens.

    However, at least this time around, we actually care about the kids. Last time it felt like the kids were only there for Steve Martin to have fun with. Unfortunately the daughter of the other father looked exactly like the guys wife, and so throughout the movie I was constantly asking myself "who is who?" Seriously, both the daughter and the wife of the man (her stepmom) look alike.

    I really did like the scene involving Steve Martin and the other father at the movie theater spying on their children who were dating each other. This was a really funny scene. I loved it.

    Overall, not a bad family movie, but the film was too short overall, and needed more comedy bits to really boost up the rating....more info
  • Boring, predictable, not funny...
    Steve Martin is a very funny comedian but this movie covered up his talents with a predictable and boring plot. Little Sarah was turned into a little Lorraine, the prank was yet another dog and meat deal, kids needed to be reminded that family is important, Lorraine needed her fashion magazine at all times, etc. etc. you get the drift, I am sure. Steve Martin also looked old I thought, but I guess with 12 kids you'd probably age faster than the average family dad. Anyway, not worth buying this one....more info
  • cheaper by the dozen 2
    i loved cheaper by the dozen 2 is a great family flick its better than the first 10/10...more info
  • Good family movie(DVD)
    I bought part one a long time ago and now I just bought two.

    I saw it in the theater and enjoyed it but didn't bought it for a long time.

    I just receieved and watched. It is not incredible but from time to time, I think I will watch this film. Good as part one.

    The picture quality is good.

    Nice DVD....more info
  • just as good as the first
    With Nora (Piper Perabo) and Bud (Jonathan Bennett) expecting, and Lorraine (Hilary Duff) just graduated and about to go to New York for school, Tom and Kate (Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt) decide to take the whole family on vacation. While there, they run into a family of eight children, the Murtaugh's. Both parents find themselves in competition with one another.

    ..also starring Eugene Levy and Carmen Electra as the Murtaugh's, and Jaime King as one of their kids. This movie is just as good as the first, maybe even better! I found Hilary Duff conservative and less bubbly as the first, not to mention she lost a lot of weight and looks anorexic. The meat scene was old news, but classic!

    I recommend Cheaper by the Dozen 2 to anyone who enjoyed the first one. I guarantee you won't be disappointed! I know I wasn't!
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  • This movie is even better then the first!
    this movie is even better then the first! i saw it 3 times in a row! you should toataly get this is you liked this first one!in this movie the entire family(with bud and nora) go to this lake. at the like tom sees his childhood enimy and the 2 familys are compeeting for the labor day cup. sarah has a crush on one of the boys from the other family and tom is not happy about that....more info
  • Funny and family-friendly
    This movie was funny and family friendly. Anybody of any age would enjoy it. It's clean, and you don't have to worry about your young kids seeing/hearing stuff that you don't want them to hear. It is rated PG for very mild language. The "p" word is said once. However, I still think it would be ok to let small kids see it.

    I know that there are probably some actors or actresses in this movie that people don't like, but I think that fact can be overlooked. It's a good movie worthy of at least renting. I saw it in theaters and I didn't regret it. ...more info
  • Better Than The Original
    A touching, heartwarming movie about family bonding with good clean comedy throughout.

    The Baker's dozen are back with some interesting interaction with another large family. Rilvary and some love connections are the result.

    My family and I enjoyed Cheaper by the Dozen but this sequel is even more entertaining. Fun for the whole family....more info
  • Funny Movie for the Whole Family
    If you saw the first one, you will love this one. It is just as funny. If you have teen daughters they will love it because it has Tom Welling and Hilary Duff in it. You will love it because it is funny. ...more info
  • Amusing and light!
    Cheaper 2 was a lot of fun and enjoyable for me, but I admit to being the cockeyed optimist who loves a happy ending! Eugene Levy was the bright light in this show as the cocky, wealthy, hot broad for a wife guy who was Steve Martin's nemesis from way back when. As for Steve and Bonnie, and even Carmen Electra, they all did a good job also - it's hard to work with 20 young people! I loved the little secondary plot of the 12 or 13-year old daughter who falls for Eugene Levy's same-age son! Caveat: the name is the same, but this is nothing like the original Clifton Webb/Myrna Loy story of the family with 12 kids - my favorite!...more info
  • Sequel That Wasn't Needed.
    I really enjoyed Steve Martin in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. It was humorous, had great messages, and was a great film not only for families but at displaying how families should work together. However, when I saw the previews for CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 I thought to myself, "Why didn't they just leave good enough alone." (A: $).

    CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 takes place a few years after the first film. Nora (Piper Perabo) is married with a child on the way, Charlie (Tom Welling) is on his own, and Lorraine (Hillary Duff)is graduating from high school and preparing to move to New York.
    Tom (Steve Martin) sees his family splitting up and though he knows it must happen, he wants to take the family out to the old summer lake house and spend one last season all together. Upon arrival, Tom runs into his old nemesis, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) and the two are soon competing against each other in a wide variety of ways.

    CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 is a good family movie. There isn't any foul language, sex, or violence. It stays true to the 1st film's original message about the strength of family and delivers a couple of other lessons as well. Despite all of this, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 is just an average movie. The story isn't that engaging, the acting not that challenging, and all kinds of classic comedy gags. It's a movie that families can enjoy together, but one that really shouldn't have been made....more info
  • EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST "CHEAPER"!
    Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt and Eugene Levy are outstanding in this flick! I liked it even better than the first "Cheaper"...and I love that one, too. For anyone who loves watching their kids grow up but is nostalgic about the past, this movie will make you laugh and cry. The music will also transport you back in time. BUY IT, along with Cheaper 1 for your video library....more info
  • Alanas Review
    Well The Show Is Great With Alyson Stoner Having To Kiss A Guy In It But That Is Not The Main Reason Its Kinda Cool That There Are New People Like The Murdochs I Think That If I Were A Movie Cridic I Would Give It 100/100 Well A Few Kids In My Class Were Saying That If The Could Shoot It In Ireland I Would Be Much Better But I Think Canada Is Much Better I Am Alana Duffy Please Send In More Reviews Thank You...more info
  • Chear By The Dozen 2 Is Not As A Cheap & Dumb Movie Like The First One!!!!!
    This movie gets smarter and better by a dozen!!! It's more of a touching movie that gets more personal into the Bakers' lives!! It stars the same actors/actress as the Bakers and new faces appear in the movie like,
    Taylor Lautner ( The Adventures Of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D)
    Eugene Levy ( New York Minute, The Man, Curious George)
    Carmen Electra ( Scary Movie)
    Jaime King ( Sin City)
    Piper Perabo ( The Adventures Of Rocky and Bullwinkle)
    You'll love this movie because I know I did!!!!...more info
  • Great clean movie
    I would highly recommend this movie to any individual with a family or who enjoys a good clean comedy. ...more info
  • better than the first... wait...
    i mean both films were cute and great... but this one had more "nice" moments!!!
    which made cheaper by the dozen 2 such a great family film!!!

    so if you liked the first film you'll love the sequel!!

    alll the kids that i babysat loved it!!...more info
  • The latest roadkill in the "idiot father" genre
    The sequel to "Cheaper By The Dozen" is essentially a sequel to John Candy`s "The Great Outdoors" without any of that John Hughes class warfare, which, in the case of this vulture-plagued carcass, actually might've helped. Steve Martin must love money, and what I can only imagine was a short, painless shoot, given the singular locale of a camp lake, its ninety-minute length and scenes so poorly covered and acted you can only assume the first take was printed.

    Martin's awful, this movie is stone, and about the fourth to pretend Bonnie Hunt's superiority complex is wisdom in disguise. Hollywood is following the lead of TV sitcoms and mass-processing stories of idiot men and their sage wives (often accompanied by sage daughters, though not here). The way "Cheaper By The Dozen 2" presents it, football coach Tom Baker (Martin) might have eaten his twelve kids whole were it not for Kate (Hunt).

    Both resolve to take the clan to the lakehouse for one last summer before the second-oldest Lorraine (Hilary Duff, down to 44 pounds) heads to New York. The resort is also home to the Murtaugh family, led by patriarch Jimmy (Eugene Levy) who, if you unpack it all, must see Tom as a some kind of Daisy Buchanan, given the obscene, competitive life he's led just to pummel an old acquaintance into the dirt at the annual family sports competition.

    It is inevitable that a few Bakers will grow smitten with a few Murtaughs, that a screwball ending awaits - there's a reason oldest daughter Nora (Piper Perabo) is pregnant - that Tom will browbeat his kids for the competition only to lose their love (then -oho! - get it back). It's pitched as a family movie, but it doesn't teach much more than men are hysterical, corrupt fools a shade above monkeys while women are thankfully born with zoology degrees to tame them.
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  • The best movie ever
    This movie really touched my heart and when Sara, the daughter went on a date and she looked so pretty. My Dad cried because he thought of me doing that. I actually am 10 years old and have a boyfriend named chris and he saw it and he thought of Sara looking like me. My Mom didn't see it so if you have any idea when it comes out on dvd please email me back at ginog5@msn.com Thank you and it was a good movie...more info
  • Cute and funny, but buggy for a Major Motion Picture
    Okay, I know this bugs my friends, when I do this, but sometimes when I see a movie, I love to point out all the asinine facts about it, and this one had plenty.

    How come they had such a big party for the daughter graduating from High School? It was almost like a wedding, or something, it was so huge. Come on!!! And we're supposed to believe somehow Mr. Baker got all 12 kids there, but 1/2 of them have to leave 5 minutes after the party starts? Now that's just asinine! Or how about the family members standing up, and making some kind of toast or speech for the graduate. Not sure if they ralize this, but graduating from High School, is not that big of a feat. If they had her graduate at the very top of her class, that would have been significant.

    Same reasoning passes on to having the whole family show up for the vacation. Okay, the writer put a little thought into, and made many unwilling to come, but they still showed up. Its movies like this, that make my good highschool friend, Bobby Asslong, think this is normal behavior. Of course, this type of scenario, rarely happens in real life. Everyone is too busy to show up to mundane events, such as a Summer vacation, past the age of 15.

    Ohh, and if they hated each other so much, they sure have a knack for showing up at the same places together, the Eugene Levy character and Steve Martin's character? What the H?

    Carmen Electra was bangin' as ever, and her role surprised me, aside from being bangin' and a little loopy. But she pulled off a great acting job, and I hope to see her in more S. Martin vehicles, in the future.

    I give this only 3 stars, as it has too many assinine points and coincidences to be believable.

    MC White said: Just a'iiight....more info
  • Lame
    I thought the message of the story was terrible. What I thought was really lame was that Sarah went from a tomboy to a little Lorraine, and just after her mother got done telling her to be herself and that she is beautiful the way she is she rewards her for putting makeup on to impress a boy. This implies that she wasn't beautiful before, and on top of it she said it was Sarah's "first date", which I thought was ridiculous! For crying out loud, she couldn't have been older than 12!

    Also, there weren't many funny parts in it; kind of predictable....more info
  • Beat it's original! A more funnier film!
    Cheaper by the Dozen 1 is also a family film, but in this film it's not just an ordinary movie, IT'S MORE FUNNIER! Shawn Levy did also made a good film, but Adam Shankman did more good job. I'm not saying the original is boring, sometimes the sequel is better than the first. The movie stars my favorite actors Steve Martin (Looney Tunes Movie, Pink Panther) and Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire TV series and movie, Agent Cody Banks)...more info
  • metza metza
    This movie was not so great because it wasn't as funny as the original. The original was a ha, ha, ho, ho laugh out loud movie because it was so funny.

    This one gets only three stars? Why? No one really knows.
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  • Kids review
    I loved the first movie and i new the second one would be just as good. It was realy funny. Im 14 so i can also relate to sarah baker in the movie....more info
  • A Good Sequel
    Cheaper By The Dozen 2 is a good movie. It is a good follow-up to the 2003 hit film Cheaper By The Dozen. It also had a lot of the same things in it as the first movie, such as the prank they tried to pull on Eugene Levy. They also did it to Ashton Kutcher in the first movie. It has a lot of mini-plots for each of the kids. It is a good movie and has a good story and cast. ...more info
  • better than the first
    I am the type of person who usually doesn't like sequals to movies. But i loved this one because i can totally relate to it. Plus i think it is cool that sarah kind of came out of her tomboyness. Anyway, i really liked this one!...more info
  • Funny with some fine warm moments. Very good for a family evening together.
    This is a good natured family entertainment. The humor is uncomplicated and almost sweet. You know what to expect from seeing the first movie and this one delivers a well done sequel that does a good job in supplying a story that is different, but consistent with what we liked about the Baker family.

    Dad is retired from his football coaching job. How he pulls this off when they are still strapped for cash is something you don't want to think about. Especially when he can supply a family vacation or go off and buy a bunch of power tools at the drop of a hat, but the kids still struggle to get tuition paid and so forth. One of the best features of the films is the positive and warm relationship between the parents. Tom and Kate Baker (Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt) obviously still have passion and affection for each other and really enjoy each of their children.

    The theme in this movie has a lot to do with kids maturing and moving into those areas of life where they need their parents less and less. The main plot point has to do with an old personal rivalry between Tom Baker and the Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy). Their families have competed over the years and the Murtaugh's have generally won the encounters because of Jimmy's burning passion to prove he is as good as the popular Tom Baker. Jimmy has become a huge financial success. His kids seem like fine people and are quite successful. However, Jimmy is on his third wife, who is also a nice person but knows she is a trophy wife, and there is more going on with his kids than Jimmy understands.

    How the two large families interact is the source of most of the comedy in the movie and the way the kids interact does a lot to affect the continuing rivalry between their dads.

    The movie has some very sentimental moments. If these are too cloying for you, this isn't your kind of movie. However, I enjoyed it well enough. Fine for a family evening together. ...more info
  • Movie Magic!
    At first I thought that the movie would be lame but when I watched it I was amazed that the movie was interesting and funny. This movie is fun for all ages. I personaly like it because it shows a avrage family and how in all famlies there is a joker, a prankster, a brain, a mastermind, and so on. All children will find some way to relate to this movie. All adults will be reunited with their inner child.

    THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE!...more info