What happened to you, Steve? Why do you keep doing
things like this?
You see readers, there are two different Steve Martins—good
Steve Martin and bad Steve Martin. Good Steve Martin is a genius
at both comedy and writing, known for such great comedies as Roxanne,
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, My Blue Heaven. Good Steve
Martin is also a brilliant writer/playwright, achieving such amazing
and outside-the-box works as “Picasso At The Lapin Agile”
and a well done modern comedy in Bowfinger.
Then there’s bad Steve Martin. Bad Steve Martin… well
it’s still Steve Martin, but instead we get mainstream hack-work
garbage, the grand slam of sucktitude including movies like Bringing
Down The House, Cheaper By The Dozen, Looney Tunes: Back In Action,
and now Cheaper By The Dozen 2. These will later be followed
by abominations such as the oft-delayed Pink Panther (Take
a guess why it’s been delayed so long.) and God help us, Bringing
Down The House 2: Bringing It Harder.
Cheaper By The Dozen 2 embodies everything wrong with
mainstream Hollywood cinema and cinema in general. Or to be more
specific, it represents everything I hate about movies—annoying
and bratty kids; heaping amounts of low-brow and unsophisticated
humor; cookie-cutter plots, characters, and romance; and of course,
an ugly dog that goes for the crotch. Steve, these are not your
The Baker family (Get it? Baker, because… never mind) has
returned for another 90 minutes of pure, unmitigated torture. The
kids are growing up. They are leaving the house, getting married,
getting pregnant, starting to date, wanting to date, taking internships
in New York City, working full-time among other things. Tom Baker
(Martin) just wants to keep his family together and hold on to it.
Well Tom, why don’t you and your lovely wife, Kate (Hunt),
have a little alone time and bang out another dozen so we can come
back for Cheaper By The Double Dozen 3? Woah, hold on.
Hollywood would probably do that crap.
Desperate to have the entire family together for one last occasion,
Tom arranges the family trip to a lake resort for Labor Day weekend.
Unfortunately for Tom and especially for me, Eugene Levy
decided that leaving me nearly crippled, handicapped, and paralyzed
at his hands after The Man was not enough. So as Jimmy
Murtaugh, Levy has taken over most of the lake community as a private
owner. He and Tom are old rivals. Naturally, the strict disciplinarian
parent of eight children butts heads with the laid-back Tom and
his twelve. Tempers flare, and the old rivalry is renewed—just
like Chris Benoit vs. Booker T
in their best-of-seven series.
By the end of this movie you will learn the true meaning of family.
That is, in case you didn’t know it already. Well guess what,
Adam Shankman and Sam Harper?
I already knew from the first awful time around, and before that
The only good thing about this movie is that it will make you
long for superior comedies such as My Blue Heaven, which
you should watch, rent, or buy “quicker than a hiccup”
as good ole Jim Ross would say. As for you Steve, I can never hate
you. But if you screw up the movie based on “Picasso At The
Lapin Agile” I just might never forgive you.
“Talent is the ability to say things well, but genius is the
ability to, well, say things.”
—Picasso At The Lapin Agile
—Jeffrey “The Vile One” Harris