Picks and Pans Review: Cheaper by the Dozen 2

updated 01/09/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/2006 01:00AM

Two years after Steve Martin, as a father of 12, rediscovered the importance of putting family first, he goes through the same tired motions all over again—this time during a family vacation on Lake Winnetka—in a lusterless sequel. Even the dependable Eugene Levy strikes out as Martin's longtime nemesis, leaving the film's few laughs to twin tykes Shane and Brent Kinsman, better known as Lynette's mischief-making sons on Desperate Housewives. (PG)

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