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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some crude humor and mild language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A noisy, silly, gratingly upbeat, sentimental but bland sequel that the kids may enjoy. Parents: you've seen it before and much funnier.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary by director Adam Shankman; Fox Movie Channel presents casting session "Camp Chaos" and "A Comedic Trio" featurettes; Theatrical trailers & more!

Cheaper By the Dozen 2
This is a sequel to the 2003 comedy which made $138 million-plus, which itself was a remake of the old Clifton Webb-Myrna Loy 1950 comedy. It starts at the beginning of summer vacation, when Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and wife Kate (Bonnie Hunt) realize that all three of their older children will be leaving the nest in the fall. Daughter Nora (Piper Perabo) is married, pregnant and moving to Houston, Lorraine (Hilary Duff) has graduated high school and is moving to New York for an internship in the fashion world, and Charlie (Tom Welling) is working as a mechanic while considering his next move. So Tom and Kate decide that they should have one last Baker family gathering at their summer vacation home on Lake Winnetka, in Wisconsin. But the promise of an idyllic season of bonding proves short-lived when Tom bumps into his old, more successful rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy "American Pie"), and the two drag their respective extended families into heated competition with each other. It's a fight that stems in part from differences in parenting styles between the Bakers and Murtaughs. Tom and Kate Baker have allowed their children to grow as individuals, while in contrast, Murtaugh has always believed in tightly controlling his family. He keeps his kids on a short leash, grooming them, "to reflect the best aspects of his gene pool." Director Adam Shankman ("Bringing Down the House") has tried to recapture the rivalry that Martin and Levy had in "House," so he keeps his camera focused on their usually dependable faces, but the plan fails to pay off here. And poor Bonnie Hunt has little to do but stand back and watch her sharp comedic skills go largely unused as she's reduced to being nothing more than a supportive housewife. Virtually everything about this "Cheaper" production, feels hurried along so that it could make its year-end release date, since they only filmed it this past summer. Well they finished it in time, but that's about all.

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