Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Synopsis: The Bakers, while on vacation, find themselves competing with a rival family of eight children.
Director(s): Adam Shankman
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

(# "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder)

They say that starting a family

is an act of optimism.

Well, Tom and I were clearly

very, very, very optimistic.

There are always good times

and difficult ones along the way.

And with 12 kids, you learn a lot of lessons.

But the one that you never get used to is that

moment when you look your child in the eye

and find yourself having to say

the most difficult word of all; goodbye.

All right, stay together.

# Tryin' your best to bring

the water to your eyes

# Thinkin' it might stop her

woopin' your behind

There she is.

Sergio Archer.

Look, she's right there.

Robert Armstrong.

Peter Bailey.

Lorraine Baker.


Yay, Lorraine!


(# band continues playing "l Wish")

- He's really gotten good.

- Yeah.

Oh, my gosh. Kicking, kicking.

All right, all right.

It is time to toast the graduate.


we are all so proud of you,

for keeping your chin up

and charging the mountain.

And for being a truly unique

and wonderful person.

And for getting that internship at Allure

magazine. Did you know about that?

Even though I'll be trying to convince you

staying here is a better choice for your future

than moving to dirty, expensive, crime-ridden

New York City, but here's to Lorraine.

OK. My daughter Nora and her husband Bud,

you wanna say something?

And our future linebacker.

We go. Let's go.

First of all, congratulations, Lorraine.

Bud and I hope that our baby

will be as cool and accomplished as you.

And second of all... I don't mean

to make this toast all about Bud and l,

- but we have some kind of big news.

- You know about this?

I've just been offered the vice-presidency

of a new advertising firm.

Hey! Congratulations. Yeah!

- In Houston.

- Oh.

We're moving in September. Thank you.

Great. Oh, wow.

- Does this mean we won't be uncles?

- You'll be uncles no matter where we live.

Maybe they thought

it was the best way to break it to us.

- Quite a surprise.

- I'll say. Can I get a beer and a white wine?

- Hey, you guys.

- Hey.

- I feel like I'm losing two daughters now.

- You're not losing us.

I hope you have help, cos with no family

there and you being a first-time mom...

- You'll be at work all day...

- I'm not gonna be at work all the time.

We're gonna be fine. And whatever house

we get is gonna have a room reserved for you.

At least you're gonna stay

for the touch football game.

- We can't. We have Lamaze.

- This will help your breathing.

- We're gonna see you soon.

- OK.

- You're driving, right?

- Mm-hm.

- See you.

- Bye, sweetheart. There you go, sir.


They seem so casual and cavalier.

Well, time for me to get my hands dirty.

You're working? What about the game?

Rematch against the cousins.

I've got student loans to pay off, Dad.

- OK. See you.

- Be safe, honey.

Did everybody forget touch football

was a tradition here?

- Honey, you've got ten other kids to draft.

- Oh, I forgot.

- You forgot?

- Lorraine.

- Staying for the game?

- No, didn't Mom tell you?

I'm spending the weekend at Beth's.

I leave in five minutes. Love you.

Bye. Hey, guys. Ready for some touch?

- Mike and I are competing at the skate park.

- I volunteered at the animal shelter.


- Nigel, Kyle, football. Grr!

- Bleurgh!

All right.

- I'm here, Coach.

- You just made the varsity, little lady.

Come on. There you go.

Go, go, go!

- I'll block for you. Here we go. Go!

- Athletes!

- Are you OK?

- Yeah.

Somehow I thought it'd get easier.

Ten minutes ago, they were all over us. Now

they don't want to be seen with us in public.

- What's that doing here?

- I bet Lorraine was looking through this.

That's sweet.

- Aw.

- The cutest. Look at her.

She looks just like my mom.

A lot of memories.

Summers in Wisconsin.

Swimming. All of us camping out.

Everyone together. Isn't that sweet?

That had to be the last time we were there.

What was it? Three or four years ago?

- Look at Sarah. No teeth.

- We were one tight unit back then.

Even if we never beat the Murtaughs

for the Labor Day Cup.

Look at that.

Jimmy Murtaugh - Mr Competitive.

He was so desperate to win,

he would... he would win.

All the time.

Even when we were kids, this guy was...

All right, honey. Let's not go there.

You know what?

That's exactly what we should do.

Go back to the lake. The whole family

on vacation, like we used to.

I could call Mike Romanow

and see if the house is available.

It's a great idea, but the kids

are in summer school and Nora's pregnant.

That's exactly why we should do it, Kate.

We said it. Life's blazing by.

Let's go back to the lake one last time.

We did have such good times there,

huh, honey?

You and I had alone time, which was nice.

There's the proof.

- Hey, Gunner.

- Hey, Gunner.

Let's call Mike Romanow, honey.

You're conferencing

with all of us and Lorraine.

- Hi, Charlie.

- Hey, guys. What's up?

- It's Lorraine.

- We have a surprise.

We rented the big house up in Lake Winnetka.

- Winnetka? That's my middle name.

- And Lake is mine.

And it's where we're gonna spend Labor Day,

just like in the old days.

Dad, I'm gonna be very pregnant then.

And I'm gonna be apartment hunting

in New York in August.

- I wanna hang out with my friends.

- How come we're named after a house?

Good question. Your middle name is

Winnetka and your middle name is Lake

- cos you were conceived there.

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