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(2005), PG [13-PG*] (1hr 29min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 22, 2005
67 out of 100

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(2005), PG [13-PG*] -- If it were not for Carmen Elektra...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Adam Shankman
Producer(s): Justin Cherry, Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Shawn Levy, Ben Myron, Adam Shankman
Written by: Sam Harper
Novel by: (Cheaper by the Dozen) Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Cinematography/Camera: Peter James
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: Matthew Cassel, Andrew Greenbury, Christopher Greenbury
Casting: Monica Swann
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Yes, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is a 13-PG. Just barely a 13-PG with a final score of 67, one point under the scoring range earned by PG movies in the comparative baseline database (68 to 86 out of 100), which is the topmost score possible in the PG-13 scoring range of 67 to 55 out of 100. And that is interesting since the first Cheaper by the Dozen was easily a PG-equivalent film with a final score of 81.

What can one expect when the writers include such ignominy as a dog humping a sensuously dressed woman, first while she is standing then when lying down after she is knocked down by the dog? And the dog bites Martin in the crotch. Now you know where part of the attention lies in this Hollywood family fare.

My, what a harsh reality this is! Two films rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America just two years apart. One earning a CAP final score of 81 out of 100, a strong PG, and the other earning 67. The comparative between the two Cheaper by the Dozen films below will speak much louder than I could herein. Remember, the two films were analyzed by the same analysis model using the same equations and the same investigation standards and even the same investigator using the same computer on the same desk.

Tom Baker (Steve martin) is still a football coach but still not of Illinois PolyTech. The same dozen kids grace the Baker family with wife and mother Kate (Bonnie Hunt) being the brains of it all (which is usually how it really is, right dads?).

With increased age come increased freedoms, increased extracurricular activities, marriage. college and other activities that take kids away from mom/dad. Quality time with the whole family together is sparse.

Remembering the good times the whole family had at Lake Winnetka, Tom and Kate decided to give it one more try. One more fling with the whole family. One more time with everyone together.

At Lake Winnetka Tom meets again his social rival, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy) from their earlier trip to the lake. Jimmy is a high-powered business man and owns most of the property around Lake Winnetka. Jimmy has eight kids and a toy wife about 30 years his younger, Sirina (Carmen Electra who provides almost all the sexually oriented material in the show). Tom is bent on finally defeating Jimmy in the big family contest of water sports, three-legged race and other family competition.

To list the cast members and their contribution to the myriad of subplots in this Summary/Commentary would make it read like Genesis. Let me get right to the main purpose of the CAP Movie Ministry.

If it were not for Carmen Elektra and what she did in this film to satisfy the writers [Prov. 6:25] plus the plethora of the uses of God's name in vain (though all were without the four letter expletive) [Deut. 5:11], this film would have earned a "PG" score.

Most of the sexually oriented behaviors were dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure and excessive cleavage, But the display of the dog humping Elektra's leg than humping her on top of her was clearly an unnecessary add-on to serve the toilet humor genre. [Eph. 5:4]

Please consider carefully the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you make your decision whether this film is fit for your family.


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  • Prov. 6:25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,... [Though this speaks to the prostitute and is not intended to label Elektra as a prostitute, the point is to not lust after the images and behaviors of sensuality and tease. And it applies to women as well as men. And, if not especially, teenagers.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • adolescent mischief causing much property damage plus risk to life
  • adolescent shoplifting
  • adolescent theft of golf cart

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • yanking pants down
  • lie
  • enticing to sneak
  • involving young daughter in competition warfare
  • sneaking off
  • adolescent arrogance at parent, repeatedly
  • destruction of property with impudence

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • sensually placed tattoo, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • dog humping woman's leg the atop her
  • admission of participating in sexually immoral behavior
  • ghosting of human anatomy through thin clothing
  • crotch hit

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 13 uses of God's name in vain, all without the four letter expletive, four by adolescents

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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