Steve Martin returns as Tom Baker and Eugene Levy is back as his challenger enemy/friend Jimmy Murtaugh. Their battle ground this time is at a Labor Day lake side challenge.
The question to be asked, "Is this as good as the first one?" Well the first one was just OK and so is this one, but neither measures up to the 1950 original with Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy and Jeanne Crain.
Here we see the two fathers acting as Tom Baker describes part way into the film: "I know I have been a jerk all week." Both are fools over the contest and the kids are not understood by the well meaning but silly competitive parents. The wives of course are far more sensible and attempt to mediate between the two. As some of the kids become angry at the fathers, others continue to see them as silly.
And how could Bonnie Hunt look as well as she does in a wet T-shirt after having twelve kids. But she does join Steve Martin in a final scene that looks like Fred Astair and Audrey Hepburn on a lake. All after drawing an emotional ending in which the twelve become a baker's dozen.