Cheaper by the Dozen 2

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Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Cheaper by the Dozen 2.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Adam Shankman
Produced by Shawn Levy
Ben Myron
Written by Sam Harper
Based on Characters 
by Craig Titley
Cheaper by the Dozen 
by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Emestine Gilbreth Carey
Starring Steve Martin
Eugene Levy
Bonnie Hunt
Tom Welling
Piper Perabo
Hilary Duff
Carmen Electra
Jaime King
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Peter James
Edited by Matthew Cassel
Christopher Greenbury
21 Laps Entertainment
Dozen Canada Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
December 21, 2005 (2005-12-21)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[1]
Box office $129.1 million[1]

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 trophy wife.

The film was shot in Toronto and Eugene Levy's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada[2] and on Stoney Lake in Burleigh Falls, Ontario.


Two years after the events in the previous film, the Baker family begins to undergo many changes, beginning with Lorraine (Hilary Duff) 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. 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 all together at Lake Winnetka. Tom's old rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) and his large family (with "only" 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 the Baker children are less successful because of Tom's parenting style. The Baker kids get into many incidents, several of which are accidental: Mark accidentally sets off a backpack of fireworks, causing widespread panic, especially when the backpack is thrown into a boat, igniting its engine and causing it to explode; Sarah Baker (Alyson Stoner) is caught stealing merchandise from a gift shop, and Mark Baker (Forrest Landis), along with Kenny Murtaugh, crashes into a tennis court with a golf cart.

Jimmy again starts the topic 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, Kate and the rest of the family show up, showing they forgive Tom and are willing to compete. Unfortunately, after all the events, the Murtaughs and the Bakers are tied for first; a tiebreaking canoe race is announced, in which every family member must compete. 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 refuses to help. Eventually, the Murtaughs convince Jimmy that they should help the Bakers, and the Bakers and the Murtaughs work together to get Nora to the hospital as she goes into labor. Bud, Lorraine 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 who she and Bud name 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.


The Bakers[edit]

The Murtaughs[edit]


The film was shot in Toronto and Eugene Levy's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[2] 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.


  1. "I Wish" – Stevie Wonder
  2. "Graduation Day Song" – Joseph L. Altruda
  3. "Mexicali Mondays" – Christopher Lightbody and Robert Steinmiller
  4. "What If" – Gina Rene
  5. "Martini Lounge" – David Sparkman
  6. "Drinks on the House" – Daniel May
  7. "Big Sky Lullaby" – Daniel May
  8. "Someday" – Sugar Ray
  9. "Express Yourself" – Jason Mraz
  10. "Michael Finnegan" – Traditional
  11. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" – Traditional
  12. "Why Can't We Be Friends" – War
  13. "Die Walküre" – Richard Wagner
  14. "Theme from Jaws" – John Williams
  15. "Miracles" - Insane Clown Posse
  16. "Mallin" – Tree Adams
  17. "Under Pressure" – Queen and David Bowie
  18. "Music from Ice Age" – David Newman
  19. "Holiday (Madonna song)" – Madonna
  20. "Sunday Morning" (acoustic version) – Maroon 5
  21. "Bridal Chorus" – Richard Wagner


Reviews for the film were overwhelmingly negative. 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.[3] Critic Roger Ebert, however, gave the film a positive 3/4 stars, 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."

The film received two Razzie Award nominations including Worst Actress (Hilary Duff) and Worst Supporting Actor (Eugene Levy).

Box office[edit]

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.[4]

Home media[edit]

The DVD was released on May 23, 2006. The Blu-ray was released on January 5, 2010. The DVD is two-sided and side B has an inside look that has previews of Flicka and Aquamarine.


  1. ^ a b "Cheaper by the Dozen 2 - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  3. ^ "The Worst of the Worst Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Smallest Second Weekend Drops". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 

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