Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.5|5.0 Starsìì

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is a fair to middling family movie that is not as good as Cheaper By The Dozen 1. Eugene Levy and Steve Martin do not cast well together and play their competition scenes poorly. The script’s concept of two completely different families competing for the title of ‘Best Family’ seems incongruous at least. Both Martin and Levy offer so much more to the film industry than Director Adam Shankman was able to pull for this movie. The storyline has potential. The potential is not realized.


Tom Baker’s (Steve Martin) family stands in various processes of leaving the home nest to establish independent families of their own. He suggests they take one last vacation together.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Adam Shankman for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Jennifer Gibgot, Adam Shankman, and Garret Grant for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy), Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt), Charlie Baker (Tom Welling), Nora Baker-McNulty (Piper Perabo), Sarina Murtaugh (Carmen Electra), Anne Murtaugh (Jaime King), Lorraine Baker (Hilary Duff), and Eliot Murtaugh (Taylor Lautner).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. This movie seems as if it is struggling for its comedic element and can’t find it.

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