Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)


Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is a 2005 film produced by 20th Century Fox and released in 2005. It is the sequel to the family comedy film Cheaper by the Dozen (2003). Shawn Levy, the director of the first film, did not return as director for this sequel, which was instead directed by Adam Shankman (The Pacifier). Levy was a producer of the film and made an appearance as a hospital intern in the movie. Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo, and Tom Welling reprise their roles as members of the twelve-child Baker family. Eugene Levy co-stars as the patriarch of a rival family of 8 children. Carmen Electra portrays Levy's trophy wife. The film was shot in Toronto and Eugene Levy's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and on Stoney Lake in Burleigh Falls, Ontario. It includes the book Green Eggs and Ham and the film Ice Age.


The Baker family begins to undergo many changes, beginning with Lorraine (Hilary Duff) and her desire to study in New York. Their oldest daughter Nora (Piper Perabo) is now married to Bud McNulty (Jonathan Bennett) and pregnant, but the couple intend to move to Houston because of Bud's new job promotion. Feeling that the family is breaking apart as the children grow up and move away, Tom (Steve Martin) persuades the entire family to take one last family vacation all together at Lake Winnetka. Tom's old rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) and his large family (With "only" eight kids) are also there for the summer. Jimmy constantly flaunts his wealth and success to Tom, as well of the accomplishments of his children, constantly suggesting to Tom that the Baker children are less successful because of Tom's parenting style. The Baker kids get into many accidents, which are not on purpose. Out of many, one consists of when Mark Baker (Forrest Landis), along with Kenny Murtaugh, crash into a tennis court, not harming themselves, but messing the court up, Sarah Baker (Alyson Stoner) stealing makeup from the gift shop and Mark Baker bursting fire crackers at their clam bake. Jimmy again starts the topic that Tom needs to use a firmer hand on his kids. Tom is angered by this and they decide to settle the matter using the Annual Family Cup. Tom trains the kids for days, not realizing that they are miserable. Soon Sarah Baker and Eliot Murtaugh (Taylor Lautner) go on a date where they are spied on by their fathers. Sarah is furious, proclaiming that she won't compete for her father in the, "stupid cup!" In the end of the movie, the Bakers and the Murtaughs become friends when, during a canoe race to decide who wins, Nora goes into labor and the two families work together to get Nora to the hospital. Nora gives birth to a baby boy whom they name Tom in honor of Nora's father. They said that they showed him, "there is no way to be a perfect parent, but there are a lot of ways to be a really good one." Ending the movie on a good note, Tom, who soon becomes emotional in that scene, knows that he has to let his kids grow. But he knows that wherever they go, he will always be with them, and they will always be with him.