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Cheaper By The Dozen 2 Review


Terrible
You've seen this before. Steve Martin as the nervous parent awaiting a baby delivery. Steve Martin reluctantly acknowledging his daughter's independence. Steve Martin falling victim to kids' pranks. From Parenthood to the Father of the Bride remake and sequel to 2003's Cheaper by the Dozen to, uh, last week's Yours, Mine and Ours, the man who began his career as a brilliant, absurdist comic has defined himself as a soft, weepy dad, running through a thousand family-film clichés. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 rehashes it all with no presence of originality or humor.

Martin reprises the role of Tom Baker, father of twelve and husband to wife Kate (the sparkling, grounded Bonnie Hunt). In an effort to bond the family one final time before grandkids are born and chickens fly the coop, Tom cloyingly convinces the clan to vacation at their old lakefront haunt. There, they meet their nemeses: the clean-cut white-teethed Murtaugh family led by perfectionist papa Jimmy, played by the painfully underutilized Eugene Levy.

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Cheaper By The Dozen Review


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Can someone please pull Steve Martin's career out of the past? Once wild and crazy, Martin's now mild and lazy, a cookie-cutter comedian content to milk mediocre laughs out of reheated remakes of classic flicks. Results vary. Martin's Father of the Bride stayed sweet, while his updated The Out-of-Towners struck a surprisingly unpleasant chord.

Now there's Cheaper by the Dozen, a stale take on Walter Lang's 1950s farce of the same name that is based on the real-life story of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, the parents of 12 children. Here the original Gilbreth becomes Thomas Baker (Martin). Get it? A Baker's dozen? No, the jokes don't get much better than that one, unless you laugh when an athletic supporter lands in a pot of spaghetti sauce and Martin bellows, "Pasta de la crotch!"

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Just Married Review


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Since I'm getting married this spring, I figured Just Married would be a funny diversion from all of the wedding planning and decisions my fiancé and I are making these days. Much to my surprise, this mean-spirited film scared me more than it entertained. I hope married life isn't anything like the bit of hell portrayed in Just Married.

Ashton Kutcher (TV's That '70s Show) plays Tom Leezak, a quirky late-night radio traffic reporter who has little to show for his life, except for the beautiful woman who has recently and inexplicably become his wife. She is Sarah McNerney (Brittany Murphy), a young free spirit and daughter of one of Beverly Hills' richest tycoons. Their marriage meets with great opposition from her snobbish family, especially from her father who wishes she had married her old flame and refined family friend, Peter Prentis (Christian Kane). For their honeymoon, Tom and Sarah take an expensive vacation to visit the great capitals of Europe. Unfortunately, their vacation follows a downward spiral that finds the two newlyweds fighting at every moment and looking nothing like the happily-ever-after couple they should be.

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