"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."— Andrew Gronvall
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
"This is definitely a family trip to stay home and skip."— Desson Thomson
"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."— Peter Travers
"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."— Sandra Hall
"A couple of good chuckles can't redeem this sappy mess."— Helen O'Hara
"A family fantasy that plays at being happy and picture-perfect but primarily comes off as fake and dismayingly unfunny."— Gregory Kirschling
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is a 2005 American comedy film that is a sequel to the 2003 film Cheaper by the Dozen. It was produced by 20th Century Fox. It was released on December 21, 2005 to extremely negative reviews.
Feeling that their family is separating as the children get older, Tom and Kate Baker decide to take their 12 children on one last family vacation at Lake Winnetka in Wisconsin, where they meet Jimmy Murtagh (Eugene Levy) and his 8 children.
Why It's Cheap
- Tom has been flanderized. He went from a nice and caring father in the first film to a manic, highly-competitive father, though he redeems himself at the end of the movie.
- Eugene Levy can't really act that well, hence why he's not in many movies today.
- It completely ignores the events of the first film.
- It relies too hard on slapstick comedy, such as: Tom disrupting a movie with Jimmy Murtaugh, a dog pushing Tom and Jimmy, and a man who shots a gun while saying "Go" he accidentally pushes a man with a wheelchair in the ocean while Tom and Jimmy compete in a boat race.
- False advertising: One poster only shows Tom's family and only Eugene Levy, which people may think Eugene Levy may not have a family.
- Mark Baker barely gets screen time.
- Typical standard Family vs. Family plot.
- Dylan Shank, who appeared in the first film is absent along with Tina Shank and Bill Shank.
- Carmen Electra is one of the best things about this movie.
- Mark isn't treated as badly as he was in the first movie.
- Sarah Baker is given a decent amount of screen time and character development.
- Like the first film the child acting is pretty good.
Cheaper by The Dozen 2 was panned by critics, criticizing its lack of humor. It currently holds a 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's critics consensus says, "A sequel to remake, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor." In Metacritic, it holds a score of 34 out of 100.
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