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
I rented this morly for the kids (mine). I ended up thinking it was a good family movie. Rather predictable, but funny. My kids were rolling on the floor with laughter through many scenes. It's a great movie to stress the values of family over welath.
This might be a good choice for the kids one night, however, I found it to be repetitive and boring! The plot: Unrealistic and dreary
The comedy: Barely existant...
I've seen Steve Martin do much better!
My wife & I laughed MAYBE once... - Oh well..
This was a very funny movie that has us laughing out loud through most of it. One drawback for us was the oldest daughter "living with the boyfriend" scenario - didn't like the moral implications there so won't let my kids watch. Otherwise a very good movie.
Perhaps the negative reviewers missed it, but this was a great Bonnie Hunt send-up of the boring "one perfect child" suburbian families. Or maybe they were just bored by the lack of sex scenes.
In any event, the movie is funny, entertaining, and refreshing. Twelve kids means a lot of complications, not to mention horror in the neighbors, and Martin and Hunt portray the struggles realistically while the director manages to give all 12 kids personalities.