Heavy-handedness weighs down `Dozen 2'

Review D

December 21, 2005|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Everything about Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is applied with a trowel. The sentiment, the cuteness, the macho silliness, the family bonding, even poor Hilary Duff's makeup (someone take away this girl's black eyeliner, pronto!). This movie is one huge pile-on, with everyone in the audience feeling like the poor unfortunate at the bottom of the pile.

What can you say about a film where Carmen Electra's performance is one of the high points?

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (20th Century Fox) Starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy. Directed by Adam Shankman. Rated PG. Time 100 minutes.

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