Cheaper by the Dozen 2—20th Century Fox

Video: 2
Audio: 2
Extras: 2

With so many unanswered questions remaining from their first outing, Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt return with a dozen children for yet another wacky family adventure, where, if we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll learn a lesson. The unnecessary sequel finds Martin’s brood going up against Eugene Levy’s eight overachieving children on a scenic summer vacation. While watching Martin, Hunt, and Levy on screen is always a treat, the family film has very little to offer that it didn’t bring to the table the first time around.

The 2.35:1 anamorphic image clearly lets you see that there are indeed twelve children in the family. But that’s about as useful as it gets. There is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that really serves no great purpose, seeing as how the sound design seems like the least of the filmmakers’ concerns. The look and the sound match the content of the film: average.

The bonus features serve as little more than padding. A featurette on casting and one on the “camplike atmosphere” offer very little interest, unless you desperately need to know how well the twenty children in the cast got along with the crew and each other. A commentary with director Adam Shankman veers between tedious and mildly interesting, mostly hovering at boring. And, inexplicably, there’s a behind-the-scenes for two movies that aren’t Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

While it may entertain the younger viewers, they’re not the ones who care about how it looks and sounds. The DVD reflects this.

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