Cheaper by the Dozen 2
|Cheaper by the Dozen 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adam Shankman|
|Produced by||Shawn Levy
|Written by||Sam Harper|
by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Emestine Gilbreth Carey
|Music by||John Debney|
|Edited by||Matthew Cassel
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|December 21, 2005|
|Box office||$129.1 million|
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is a 2005 American comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox. It is the sequel to the family comedy film Cheaper by the Dozen (2003). Shawn Levy, the director of the first film, did not return as director for this sequel, which was instead directed by Adam Shankman (The Pacifier). Levy was a producer of the film and made an appearance as a hospital intern in the movie. Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo, Alyson Stoner, and Tom Welling reprise their roles as members of the twelve-child Baker family. Eugene Levy co-stars as the patriarch of a rival family of eight children. Carmen Electra portrays Levy's wife.
Two years after the events in the previous film, the Baker family begins to undergo many changes, beginning with Lorraine's (Hilary Duff) high school graduation and her desire to study in New York. Their oldest daughter, Nora (Piper Perabo), is now married to Bud McNulty (Jonathan Bennett) and heavily pregnant with his child. They intend to move to Houston because of Bud's new job promotion.
Feeling the family is breaking apart as the children grow up and move away, Tom (Steve Martin) persuades the entire family to take one last family vacation together at Lake Winnetka. Tom's old rival, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy), his trophy third wife, Sarina (Carmen Electra), and his eight kids are also there for the summer. Jimmy constantly flaunts his wealth and success to Tom, as well as the accomplishments of his children, often suggesting to Tom that his children are less successful because of Tom's parenting style. The Baker kids get into many incidents, several of which are accidental: at a fancy party, Mark (Forrest Landis) is given community service for accidentally setting off a backpack of fireworks that is thrown into a boat, igniting its engine and causing it to explode; Sarah (Alyson Stoner) is caught shoplifting makeup from a gift shop, and Mark, along with Kenny Murtaugh, crashes into a tennis court with a golf cart.
Jimmy again mentions that Tom needs to use a firmer hand on his kids. Tom is angered by this, and they decide to settle the matter at the Annual Labor Day Family Cup. Tom trains the kids for days, not realizing they are miserable. Sarah and Elliot Murtaugh (Taylor Lautner) go on a movie date to watch Ice Age, but are spied on by their fathers. The two men argue and end up humiliating their children. Upon returning home, Sarah is furious and refuses to compete for her father in the "stupid cup". Everyone, including Kate, is angry with Tom, not only for spying on Sarah, but also for ruining the entire trip through his competitiveness.
The next morning, Tom goes to the Cup to compete, taking Nigel and Kyle, the only two still willing to go. However, after discovering an old "Team Baker" flag thanks to a well-known old "rival" rat of the family known as "The Chiseler"'s theft, Kate and the rest of the family show up, showing they have forgiven Tom and are willing to compete. Unfortunately, after all the events, the Bakers and the Murtaughs are tied for first; a tiebreaking canoe race is announced, in which every family member must compete. At first, Tom kindly decides to forfeit for Nora's pregnancy, but Nora bravely decides to join in after Jimmy rebuffs Tom. During the race, Nora's water breaks; the Murtaughs want to help, but Jimmy, sensing the opportunity to defeat Tom once and for all, initially and carelessly refuses to help. Eventually, the Murtaugh kids convince their father that they should help the Bakers as they jump out of their canoe one by one to join the Bakers so, the Bakers and the Murtaughs work together to get Nora quickly to the hospital as she goes into labor. Bud, Lorraine (soon to be christened as their baby's future godmother), and Kate go with Nora in the delivery room, while Tom, Jimmy, Sarina, and the rest of the kids stay in the waiting room.
While talking to Jimmy, Tom realizes that he has to let his kids grow, but wherever they go, they will always be with him, and he will always be with them. Nora then gives birth to a baby boy. She and Bud name him Tom in honor of her father, who has shown them "there is no way to be a perfect parent, but a million ways to be a really good one." Bud also announces that they have bought "The Big House", the vacation home that the Bakers have been renting. Nora, Bud, and baby Tom leave for Houston three days later, Charlie (Tom Welling) and Anne Murtaugh (Jaime King) start a relationship as Charlie prepares to become a garage owner near Lake Winnetka and Anne decides to go to Madison Arts School to become an artist, and Sarah and Elliot start a relationship as well.
- Steve Martin as Tom Baker
- Bonnie Hunt as Kate Baker
- Piper Perabo as Nora Baker-McNulty, 24 years old
- Tom Welling as Charlie Baker, 19 years old
- Hilary Duff as Lorraine Baker, 18 years old
- Kevin G. Schmidt as Henry Baker, 14 years old
- Alyson Stoner as Sarah Baker, 13 years old
- Jacob Smith as Jake Baker, 11 years old
- Forrest Landis as Mark Baker, 10 years old
- Morgan York as Kim Baker, 9 years old
- Liliana Mumy as Jessica Baker, 9 years old
- Blake Woodruff as Mike Baker, 8 years old
- Shane Kinsman as Nigel Lake Baker, 7 years old
- Brent Kinsman as Kyle Winnetka Baker, 7 years old
- Jonathan Bennett as Bud McNulty
- Eugene Levy as Jimmy Murtaugh
- Carmen Electra as Sarina Murtaugh
- Shawn Roberts as Calvin Murtaugh
- Jaime King as Anne Murtaugh
- Robbie Amell as Daniel Murtaugh
- Melanie Tonello as Becky Murtaugh
- Taylor Lautner as Eliot Murtaugh
- Madison Fitzpatrick as Robin Murtaugh
- Courtney Fitzpatrick as Lisa Murtaugh
- Alexander Conti as Kenneth Murtaugh
The film was shot in Toronto and Eugene Levy's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The scenes at Lakeside High School were filmed at St. Andrew's College. The lake and cottage scenes were located at Rockwood, Ontario, and Burleigh Falls, Ontario on Stoney Lake.
- "I Wish" – Stevie Wonder
- "Graduation Day Song" – Joseph L. Altruda
- "Mexicali Mondays" – Christopher Lightbody and Robert Steinmiller
- "What If" – Gina Rene
- "Martini Lounge" – David Sparkman
- "Drinks on the House" – Daniel May
- "Big Sky Lullaby" – Daniel May
- "Someday" – Sugar Ray
- "Express Yourself" – Jason Mraz
- "Michael Finnegan" – Traditional
- "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" – Traditional
- "Why Can't We Be Friends" – War
- "Die Walküre" – Richard Wagner
- "Theme from Jaws" – John Williams
- "Miracles" - Insane Clown Posse
- "Mallin" – Tree Adams
- "Under Pressure" – Queen and David Bowie
- "Music from Ice Age" – David Newman
- "Holiday (Madonna song)" – Madonna
- "Sunday Morning" (acoustic version) – Maroon 5
- "Bridal Chorus" – Richard Wagner
Reviews for the film were overwhelmingly negative. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes ranked Cheaper by the Dozen 2 98th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 6% based on 93 reviews of the film. The site's consensus reads " A sequel to a remake, Cheaper 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert, gave the film one of its rare positive reviews, awarding it 3/4 stars and stating "As I watched this sequel, a certain good feeling began to make itself known. Yes, the movie is unnecessary. However, it is unnecessary at a higher level of warmth and humor than the recent remake Yours, Mine, and Ours." Ebert also highly praised Alyson Stoner's performance, favorably comparing the then-twelve year old actress to Reese Witherspoon.
Calling the overall film "bland", Variety's Justin Chang agreed with Ebert on Stoner, calling her "an endearingly vulnerable standout" and deeming her subplot to be "the most engaging" in the film. Chang was also kind to Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt and Eugene Levy, deeming the veteran actors did the best with what was given to them. Marrit Ingman of the Austin Chronicle conceded that the film had a good message, and agreed that Hunt was "marvelous and down-to-earth" but ultimately felt that "the rest of the movie is as funny as mildew", found that "the product placement is particularly egregious" and thought that Hilary Duff looked "as tanned and raw as buffalo jerky". Andrea Gronvall was also horrified by Duff's appearance while writing for the Chicago Reader, calling her "haggard" and "flat-out scary", and overall felt that there was "a discernible lack of enthusiasm from almost everyone involved", however singling out Carmen Electra for being "the most winning performer of the bunch".
The film grossed $9,309,387 million opening weekend, finishing in 4th place at the box office. By the end of its run, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 grossed $82,571,173 domestically and $46,610,657 internationally, totaling $129,181,830 worldwide. It is one of only twelve feature films to be released in over 3,000 theaters and still improve on its box office performance in its second weekend, increasing 55.6% from $9,309,387 to $14,486,519.
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