Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
Terrible acting, screenplay and direction.
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
Mathilde the Guild
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005): Dir: Adam Shankman / Cast: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy, Carmen Electra, Hilary Duff: Unnecessary sequel about a larger than large family. When Tom Baker realizes that his children are growing up and pursuing opportunities elsewhere he decides to get the whole family together for one last assemble at the old lake. Unfortunately it is bought by an old rival with a big family of his own. This leads to an aged competition that goes back and forth for the rest of the film. Standard screenplay with very little to surprise anyone. Directed by Adam Shankman who previously made the unremarkable The Wedding Planner. He does his best with what little he is given. Steve Martin is involved in several mishaps while trying to encourage family activities. Bonnie Hunt is the voice of reason as she was before. Eugene Levy joins as the standard rival who acts like he is twelve, and Carmen Electra plays his much younger wife who is surprisingly understanding but still pretty cardboard. Hilary Duff makes an appearance as one of Martin's daughters but it is merely just a celebrity appearance. Nobody seems challenged, least of all of production designer. The children get older but that is hardly the purpose here. This film exits purely due to success of the first film, which is watchable at best. This film got cheaper by several dozen. Score: 1 / 10
The clan is slowly scattering. Lorraine (Hilary Duff) has graduated and moving to NYC to intern. Nora (Piper Perabo) is pregnant, married to Bud McNulty (Jonathan Bennett), and moving away to Houston. Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt) decides to regroup the clan to go on vacation back to Lake Winnetka. The Lake has become more upscale with their old rival the Murtaugh clan headed by successful Jimmy (Eugene Levy) who purchased most of the property. He has a new trophy wife Sarina (Carmen Electra) and 'only' 8 kids.It's surprising to say but this one misses Ashton Kutcher as the butt of the jokes. It's very nice that all the Baker kids return for the sequel. It's usually very annoying to have new kids act like there's no change. There are some noticeable young actors as the Murtaugh kids like Taylor Lautner and Jaime King. The franchise was silly to start with, but this is even stupider. The constant competition adds a nasty tone rather than a funny one to the movie. Eugene Levy is playing too hard at being annoying. Although Alyson Stoner is given a little more room to have some fun. It has some slightly funny moments but the movie has lost some of the charm.
The first film was a near good return for the lead actor, and this sequel from director Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House) is no different to its predecessor. Basically Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and wife Kate (Jumanji's Bonnie Hunt) feel they are losing some of their (older) kids as they get ready to leave for their own lives, e.g daughter Nora (Piper Perabo), now married to Bud McNulty (Jonathan Bennett) and expecting a baby, Lorraine (Razzie nominated Hilary Duff) is getting ready to go to New York for an internship with Vogue, and son Charlie (Smallville's Tom Welling) is leaving (I think for college or whatever). So Tom thinks it would be a good idea if he and Kate take all twelve kids on a camping vacation, and would have been perfect if Tom wasn't in an old rivalry with ultra-competitive neighbour Jimmy Murtaugh (American Pie's Razzie nominated Eugene Levy), with wife Sarina (Carmen Electra) and their eight kids. It is obviously when trying to make themselves look better, or trying to the make the Murtaugh's look foolish where all the disaster comes from, so Tom and Jimmy decide to settle it once and for all in a family sports day, and thank goodness both families can't beat each other when daughter Nora has her water break. Also starring Sin City's Jaime King as Anne Murtaugh, Taylor Lautner as Eliot Murtaugh, Alyson Stoner as Sarah Baker, Small Soldiers' Jacob Smith as Jake Baker, Liliana Mumy as Jessica Baker, Morgan York as Kim Baker, Kevin G. Schmidt as Henry Baker, Forrest Landis as Mark Baker, Brent and Shane Kinsman as twins Nigel and Kyle Baker, Blake Woodruff as Mike Baker, Alexander Conti as Kenneth Murtaugh, Melanie Tonello as Becky Murtaugh, Robbie Amell as Daniel Murtaugh, Courtney Fitzpatrick as Lisa Murtaugh, Madison Fitzpatrick as Robin Murtaugh and Shawn Roberts as Calvin Murtaugh. I think this is worth seeing for the funny chaotic events of young children, and Martin and Levy having their disagreements. Okay!
Cheaper by the dozen 2 is very nice and entertaining movie to see. I liked the first movie more but this one was still good. Cheaper by the dozen 2 is about the Baker's family vacation and mostly about Tom and his rivalry Jimmy Murtaugh and there competition. Unlike the first cheaper by the dozen, this one was focused more on the rivalry of Tom's and his enemy instead of mostly about the children. Tom is jealous and annoyed of Jimmy because he has a better home, well-behaved children, better furniture and a pretty wife. Alyson Stoner (Sarah Baker) did a great job in this movie, she was one of the many children with a main plot, she stole the show...great job. Hilary Duff (Lorraine Baker) and Tom Welling (Charlie Baker) also did great, the younger kids were kinda eh.This was a pretty funny movie, it had its funny moments, id recommend his movie, its worth watching, seriously