Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
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Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Kevin Schmidt, Jacob Smith, Liliana Mumy, Morgan York, Carmen Electra, Jaime King, Blake Woodruff, Alexander Conti, Alyson Stoner, Forrest Landis, Brent Kinsman, Shane Kinsman
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|Movie Review by Scott |
December 24th, 2005
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 actually lives up to the original which is rare.
I was a big fan of the original "Cheaper by the Dozen" remake when it was released two years ago and when I saw how much it made; I knew they were going to do a sequel. A few months ago, the trailer was released which was pretty average and made me question whether or not the sequel would be up to par with the original but I still had faith in the film. So today was opening day and I decided to run to the theater to see "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" and see if it was on the same page as the first one.
The Baker Family is back and this time, they are celebrating Lorraine's (Hilary Duff) High School Graduation. At the graduation, Lorraine announces that she the will be moving to NY to work at Allure Magazine and Nora (Piper Perabo) announces that she is moving out as well. Depressed by the news that their family is separating, Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate (Bonnie Hunt) decide to have one last big family gathering at their favorite family vacation spot Lake Winnetka. Once there, Tom meets up with his old rival Jimmy (Eugene Levy) who tries to show off all his success and prove to Tom that he's a better man and a better father. But Tom refuses to let Jimmy prove him that he's the better man. Family fun ensues...
It's very rare that a sequel like this has come along, as I mentioned previously I was a big fan of the original remake but felt that a sequel was very unnecessary. But now after seeing this film, I want another one. I felt that the way everything in this film came together was great. The film actually lives up to the original remake which is a rare coincidence.
I never understood why the critics panned the first one and I don't understand why they panned this one either. I guess the critics tend to pan movies because they aren't original or are family related. There are so few live action family films that critics like. I wonder if critics have kids sometimes because coming from a large family and watching a movie like "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" really hits home. It's nice to see a good hearted family film that isn't animated and this film does a great job of doing just that.
Steve Martin has been getting a bad wrap lately and I can't see why. This year he has done two different movies, "Shopgirl" which I loved and feel is one of the year's best films and now "Cheaper". Both films are completely different and he pulls both roles off nicely. It's not like he's Eddie Murphy doing movies like "Pluto Nash" or "Showtime" so I don't know what everyone is complaining about. Moving on, Bonnie Hunt does a good job as playing the mom Kate again and really pulls off the mom role nicely. Also everyone else from the original plays their role well. The newcomers Eugene Levy and Carmen Electra actually seem like a good addition to the cast and I thought the tension between Levy and Martin's character was very believable.
Shawn Levy, the director of the original, did not return as the director of the sequel (probably because he's editing and re-shooting half of "The Pink Panther" which is a train wreck) but takes on the role as the producer. Adam Shankman instead jumps into the directors chair and does a very good job directing especially since his last movie "The Pacifier" has made my 10 worst films of 2005 list. I was impressed what Adam did with direction and I really liked the fact that he made the characters bond more and capture their emotions more in this one. I think he is a good director; he just needs to stay away from those lousy scripts like "The Pacifier".
So to sum everything up, "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" is almost as good as the original remake. The film's new story contains new characters and shows how the characters have grown up since the first film. While a new director is in charge, the movie feels just the same as the original. This is one of those films that many people who have families will enjoy and trust me on this one, ignore the critics because I think they are full of crap panning this movie because it's not original. It's purpose is to be a funny warm hearted family film and this movie does that nicely.
MovieManMenzel's final rating for "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" is an 8/10. This isn't a award winning or original film by any means but it is a good family film that actually isn't animated.
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