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Cheaper by the Dozen 2 | 2005 | PG | - 3.3.3

Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt reprise their roles as Tom and Kate Baker, the parents of 12 children. With the eldest children getting ready to leave and pursue their own lives, the two feel the need to spend one last summer vacation together at a lake house they used to frequent. The adventures begin when their lake house has been dwarfed by an enormous vacation estate built across the lake by an old classmate of Tom's (Eugene Levy). The men's competitive natures get the better of them both. Also with Piper Perabo, Carmen Electra, Tom Welling and Hilary Duff. Directed by Adam Shankman. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man in a wet suit lies on a bed, his wife enters the room, makes a sound of apparent interest, turns and says, "I'll go put on some perfume." A man makes a suggestive remark to his wife when she wears a very low-cut top (revealing cleavage).
 A woman wears a tiny bikini, a woman wears very low-cut tops and dresses throughout the movie that reveal her ample cleavage, and a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A boy pulls another boy's pants down and we see him standing in his boxer shorts. We see very briefly a nude male infant (his bare legs and chest).
 A boy kisses a girl on the cheek, and a boy puts his arm around a girl's shoulders in a movie theater. A man and a woman dance together.
 A dog jumps on a woman knocking her to the ground, it pushes its snout into her cleavage and thrusts against her leg.
 A young man and a young woman admire each other and seem attracted to each other. A man struts into a party with a much young woman (she is his wife).
 Two men discuss "the move," (how a man can put his arm around a woman's shoulders by pretending that he's stretching) and one ends up with his arm around the other's shoulders, causing the people around them to become alarmed (they assume they are romantically involved).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A dog charges toward a man, bites the man's crotch (the man is sitting on a pillow stuffed with raw meat), and the man is pushed back and out of his chair; the dog charges under the table breaking it, and the dishes on top of it, and then pushes two men off the edge of the patio and into a lake below.
 A man pushes another man over a movie theater balcony, but catches his feet and pulls him back up. Two men try to balance on a log in the water, one falls and one lands on his crotch (we hear a crunch and he falls into the water). A man swings on a tire swing, the rope breaks free and he crashes to the ground.
 A bag of fireworks catches on fire and they begin to shoot into the air, people around the explosions run and scream, a boy picks up the bag, runs with it and throws it into a raft -- the raft explodes sending the motor into the air, which crashes onto a table of food, and a man in a wheelchair is knocked into the lake.
 A girl is caught shoplifting.
 Two boys drive a golf cart onto a tennis court and through the net, and crash into the fence surrounding it (no one is injured). A dock breaks out from under a man's feet and he falls through. A man kneeboards, he is pulled over a ramp, and he is dragged through the water screaming for some time until the people in the boat notice and stop.
 A man tries to scoop up a mouse using a baseball cap and a tennis racket: the mouse runs away, others in the room chase it, bookshelves are tipped over, items are thrown, a firecracker blows up in a fireplace (two boys standing nearby have soot on their faces), and a dog chases the mouse into its hole in a wall.
 Two boys each eat a piece of food then spit it out on a tray and someone else unknowingly picks the food up and eats it. A young man accidentally spills a pitcher of a beverage on a woman's chest. A pregnant woman's water breaks (we do not see anything just her reaction), and a woman screams from pain when she is in labor.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 5 scatological terms (4 mild), 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (moron, wimp), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a celebration and people drink alcohol at a party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, letting go of your children, pratfalls, competition, jealousy, first dates, trusting children, pride, memories, perfection, parenting methods, grand-parenting, over-parenting, discipline, tough love, hormones of teenage boys, winning, losing, sacrifice, pressure to succeed, perfection, shoplifting.

MESSAGE - We have to be prepared to let our children grow up and leave us, but family bonds are forever.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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