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
Even Steve Martin couldn't save this mess.
Dad's incompentant, kids are spoiled AND badly behaved.
Read the reviews at www.rottentomatoes.com before you waste your time watching this. They say it much better then I could.
A total waste of time, and sadly people think it was funny.
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this movie, since the original version was so good. It was very funny and stressed the importance of family at the same time. Steve Martin is hilarious, as always! I truly enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it to any family seeking quality entertainment.
Fun movie. Cute, even if predictable. Sometimes you just want to relax and laugh -- with the whole family. No sex/nudity. No horrible language. I liked the way the parents handled the boyfriend sleep-over issue.
The story was not that good, the acting was decent, except for Hillary Duff, she is horrible, she didn't fit in at all. The jokes were pretty bad, and the movie just kind of moved along. I would have had no problem turing this off after an hour and not watching the rest.
The kids in this family are brats with a capital B. I have little sympathy for them. They run around out of control all of the time playing pranks and routinely disobeying their parents. In one case, after being grounded they sneak out, go to a birthday party and destroy it. The parents do nothing. Instead they give in to their kid's every demand. The father sacrifices his dream job and free use of a mansion to house his family. While the mother is not even allowed to take 2 weeks to go on a book tour to promote a successful new book, and her dream of being a writer, because the kids go on a rampage in protest. One child is even seen carrying an ax. The parents observe one of their children being told by the others that he doesn't belong in their family and do nothing. The child is repeatedly rejected by his siblings until he finally runs away. This movie is not worth watching.