Box art for Cheaper By The Dozen 2

Cheaper By The Dozen 2

children & family, comedy

America's favorite movie family returns in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2. Only this time, they're going toe-to-toe against another clan in the ultimate inter-family battle.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 8
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
3 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Brain-numbing sequel to a bad 2003 movie. Beware.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie includes slapsticky roughhousing and stupid antics, including a clambake disrupted by fireworks and a tennis game disrupted by two young boys careening in a golf cart. Women (especially Carmen Electra) wear tight tops, with several shots focused on cleavage. There is homophobic humor and mild profanity. Parents aren't portrayed in the best light; fathers engage in obnoxious, childish competition.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the exaggerated competitiveness between the two fathers. How do the dads lose sight of their kids' interests? How do their wives and children see getting along as more fun than winning contests? How does the movie celebrate individuality in contrast to conformity?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: All the characters get in fights but, SPOILER ALERT, everything ends with hugs, violins, good wishes and warm hearts.

- Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Rotten: Crammed with moppet mayhem, mawkish sentiment and bruising slapstick, it's a flat-footed retread only Right to Lifers could love.

- Neil Smith, BBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

In Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Steve Martin returns as Tom Baker, a dad with 12 kids. Now that they are all grown up, he wants to have one last family trip to 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. Both families compete against each other, to find out which one really has a greater family. Nothing earth shattering here but Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt and Eugene Levy pull off some decent laughs and Levy was super as the guy who drove Steve Martin up the wall.

- xxdebxx, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

3 stars

Not good as the first one, but Steve Martin stills my fave daddy...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Monday, June 5, 2006

0 star


- stopitgoaway, Friday, August 11, 2006