Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary
Duff, Tom Welling, Piper Perabo, Eugene Levy,
RunTime: 1 hr 34 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day : 26 January 2006
Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and wife Kate (Bonnie
Hunt), hoping to bring their family together for a memorable
summer vacation, take their 12 offspring to the rustic Lake
Winnetka. But their retreat soon becomes cutthroat when they
enter into a competition with the over-achieving members of
a large family headed by Tom’s long-time rival, Jimmy
Muraugh (Eugene Levy).
The rowdy Baker family is back, larger and feistier! This
time round we witness the rivalry between the Baker household
and longtime family foe, the Murtaughs.
watched the Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) which taught a thing
or two about family values, I had expect the sequel to sink
Hollywood’s most fertile family into nothing more than
pathetic slapstick wannabe with recycled jokes, trying to
cash in on former glory. Well, glory did return with the wives
of the two households on their ‘ahems!’ I know
it is supposed to be a family picture, but hey, Carmen Electra
is all over the place!
by the Dozen 2 revived old gags, (can’t believe they
used the dog-lurching-at-meat prank again!) in fact this entire
family comedy is familiarly recycled from its predecessor,
not that it stinks of forgery semblance, instead, the sequel
whiff of sweet reminisce of the Baker kids
and their unique family culture. Director Adam Shankman (famous
for light comedies like Bringing Down the House (2003) and
The Pacifier (2005).) tried not to upstage the winning formula
by being too radical with his direction, that perhaps also
affiliate with the limitations of crafting a family sequel.
Rather, this latest installment choose to explore the growth
Baker family and the competition of the two family heads.
(Steve Martin and Eugene Levy)
the last film followed the struggle of trying to stay together
as one support system, this one tells a revelation of letting
go when it’s time. An absolute parenting philosophy.
Tom, the father (Steve Martin) of the Baker household went
on to contests that inevitability by rounding his twelve children
plus one son-in-law to Lake Winnetka for one last cabin vacation.
There they met Tom’s childhood rival Jimmy Murtaugh
(Eugene Levy), his trophy wife (Carmen Electra) and their
eight kids! What should follow is a path of infinite mischief
and mayhem. Though things got blown up and golf cart drove
into walls, it is still not as chaotic as the first show.
Much damage control was experienced, and things didn’t
turn much exhilarating, as I would expect when it has all
the potential and the imagination to. This is the Baker family
we are talking about!
idols (Tom Welling and Hilary Duff) or not, this is solely
a Steve Martin show. In my opinion, Steve comes from a long
hard line of actors (Morgan Freeman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey
Maguire, etc…) whom often played themselves too much
into their roles. It’s like watching Steve Martin playing
himself in Father of the Bride (1991) all over again. His
acting is bland and predictable. What is worth highlighting
is Eugene Levy who is more famous as Jim’s Dad (American
Pie’s trilogy), his performance as competitive father
is subtly roughish and a refreshing treat to watch.
survive the Baker’s family and come out of the cinema
not learning a thing or two about family is a shame. Cheaper
by the Dozen is not entirely a disaster comedy with nothing
intelligent to offer. The last installment conveys a message
of how family ties can require self-sacrifices, even at the
expense of their dreams. This flick in turn explore about
the collision of different style of parenting, which I think
is something our local parents can learn from.
by the Dozen 2 is a decent family production, in which its
strongest liability is that it can be better appreciated,
chaperoned with knowledge from its first film. Trust me folks,
it would be funnier if you had experience the initial Baker
family before you catch this one on the silver
by the Dozen returns, proving that the size of a family does
by Ang Wei Kiat