Shawn Levy directs the family-oriented comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, a loose remake of the 1950 film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, which was itself based on a novel. Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt) have made many sacrifices in their professional lives in order to raise their 12 children. When Tom is offered a job as a Division I college football coach, he moves the entire pack to a suburb of Chicago. This move shakes up the whole family, especially when Kate's memoirs get published and she takes off on a book tour. The lack of parental guidance creates problems for all the Baker kids, particularly handsome jock Charlie (Tom Welling), fashion plate Lorraine (Hilary Duff), and grown child Nora (Piper Perabo). Ashton Kucher stars in a cameo role as Nora's actor boyfriend, Hank. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
This movie was the story of my family's life. I am the oldest of 7 and we all had a good laugh watching it together and making fun of ourselves in the process. It's hard to find movies that everyone can watch, but this movie was interesting & funny enough for all of us, and clean enough for the little ones too!
This is a cute movie. I made a rethink having more kids. The movie has a few things parents might not like... example: daughter and boyfriend living together... but the movie is taking on today’s issues and I think it was a good movie. I liked it so much I bought it.
It was good and had some real lessons to be learned. I like the real sense of Love and commitment that came across in the movie, and felt sad that the dad had to give up his dream job for the happiness of his family, but sometimes that is what a parent has to do. A cute movie.
I hate saying this, since the cast is truly amazing, but folks, rent the original "Cheaper by the Dozen" if you want to be entertained. This was a sorry mess of a film, and the only reason I gave it one star is for the cast, all of whom are seriously wasted here!!!!
I guess this was just OK. A typical dramedy with typical cookie-cutter layout of a movie. Nothing gained and not much lost. Some really corny moments in there, almost made me want to poke my eyeballs out but I lived through it.
The most implausible thing about it is that no family with 12 kids would even survive if the kids were as unruly, misbehaved, cruel to each other, & irresponsible. I know some families with about this many kids & though each kid is unique & has character flaws as well as strengths & can even be mischievous, the kids in these families are very helpful, responsible, cooperative, etc. Maybe 1 or 2 kids might have bouts of unruliness or serious problems, but then the others rally around & help them. Never would all 12 kids be as constantly out-of-control as all the kids in this movie are...nor would the parents be so clueless & inept. Granted, it's "just a movie" & who really wants to pay money just to watch 12 well-behaved kids going about their daily life. But this movie's attempt at zaniness & slapstick is forced, in-your-face, and misses the mark. Bonnie & Steve have some good comedic timing/rapport together, but that's too little to save this movie.