'Cheaper 2' is good family fun

January 03, 2006|by Jim Klick and Robert Keller

"Cheaper by the Dozen 2" is a movie that is based off of Cheaper by the Dozen, only with a twist. The kids in the Baker family are growing up, and their father, Tom, doesn't want to lose them. They take a family vacation and bump into the family of Tom Baker's childhood rival, Jimmy Murtaugh. The two fathers, still competitive, challenge each other to a family-vs.-family competition. Directed by Adam Shankman, it is a fun-filled family comedy that will keep you laughing until the end. It is rated PG.

Robert: "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," starring Steve Martin and Eugene Levy, is a sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen." The plot line is very straightforward. If you haven't seen the first movie, you will be able to understand the plot without difficulty.

The main theme of "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" is you should have friends to look out for you, not enemies who prefer to win. This theme is essential to keeping the movie alive.


Jim: I'd recommend this for anyone who likes funny movies.

Robert: My favorite part is when the Baker dad (played by Steve Martin) tries to make repairs to the family's old cabin, but he keeps on making different damages. Do you have a favorite scene?

Jim: Yeah, I like the scene where the Baker dad falls on the log during the log-rolling challenge.

Robert: That is funny. But this movie can also make you cry. At the end of "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," it gets very sentimental. It doesn't last very long though.

I like the songs on the soundtrack. My favorite is "Why can't we be friends?"

Jim: That is a funny song. In my opinion, Tom Welling, the oldest son of the Baker family, is the best actor. He falls in love with Sarina, the oldest Murtaugh daughter, who catches his attention with a tattoo on her back.

Robert: If you are someone who leaves directly before the credits, don't! There are some blooper scenes at the end of the movie, just before the credits. They're funny.

Jim: Steve Martin is funny, too.

Robert: Yup. He and Eugene Levy made a really good movie together.

Jim: They make a good team. And Carmen Electra, who played Sarina, is the best actress.

Robert: It is a great movie.

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