Cheaper by the Dozen
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Comedy superstar Steve Martin pairs up with Bonnie Hunt in this family comedy about two loving parents trying to manage careers and a household amid the chaos of raising 12 rambunctious kids!
- Deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary
- "Director's Viewfinder: Creating a Fictional Family" featurette
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1) (Good) Steve Martin is perfect for these kind of roles. He remains the personification of the unflappable leading man that he's portrayed in films like "Parenthood" and "Father Of The Bride."
2) (Bad) Bonnie Hunt is wasted. She comes off well, but ultimately the kids and Martin have to carry the film.
3) (Good) The kids are likable, and, at times, very touching (Especially Mark/Fed Ex). None of them utter curse words or make smutty jokes.
4) (Bad) That the kids frequently flagrantly disobey house rules without any kind of discipline. (Although the pants and meat gag is the film's best joke.) They plot and scheme sadistic traps ala "Home Alone" lite, and spend a fair amount of time saying how badly the parents' work is interfering with their lives, never minding the fact that Dad's new job is putting them into a higher standard of living then they've ever known before. (Tom Welling in particular.)
5) (Good) Nice to see parents who are willing to try to live their dreams, not shut everything else out of their lives and do so without resentment towards each other.
6) (Bad) Does anyone really believe you could practice a College football team in a back yard?
7) (Good) Despite having twelve kids on screen (OK, so Nora, the oldest, is living on her own), each kid gets some time to chew the scenery and does so without getting overtly cute or sugary.
8) (Bad) The DVD sports a serious lack of extras. Fox couldn't fit a trailer on the disc but found space to promote the upcoming "Garfield?" Boo and hiss.
9) (Good) Ashton Kutcher playing right into type as Nora's narcissistic boyfriend.Read more ›
The Bakers never set out to have twelve children, it just sort of happened, and as the movie opens they are living in chaotic but harmonious discord in a rambling old house in the country. But then Dad gets the job of a lifetime, and the whole brood moves into the city/suburbs, where the kids don't fit in and are miserable and the parents begin to fight and everything starts to fall apart. And them Mom goes on a book tour. Craziness ensues.
If you are a pre-teen, teen, or, like me, twenty-three and sad, you will recognize almost every kid in this movie from Disney and WB shows. Tween fave Hilary Duff isn't given much to do and is wasted, but "Smallville"'s Tom Welling is affecting as the oldest son, even if his plot line is a little ridiculous. (I mean, there is no high school, anywhere in America, where a guy as impossibly gorgeous as Welling would be an outcast. We know a hottie when we see one.)
"Cheaper by the Dozen" doesn't have any really big laughs, but many small ones, and you may get teary-eyed at the end. A pretty good family flick and recommended for a Saturday matinee at the movies.<P(...)
The movie is about Tom and Kate Baker who live in the small town of Midland with their kids. They have twelve of them. Tom is a collage football couch, and his wife is writing a book on her family which is actually called Cheaper by the Dozen. Their oldest daughter Nora has moved out of the house and is living with her model/actor boyfriend Hank. When Tom gets a job offer to couch another football team they move to a new city, much to the dismay of their children, who find out wuickly that they do not fit in the new city. Their next oldest children next to Nora is Charlie, who has made it pretty clear that he does not really like his father, and Lorraine, who is always obsessing about what the family wears, how they look, etc etc. The rest of the children also always make fun of Mark, who is so unlike everybody else in the family, that the kids call him "Fedex," as if he was delivered to them.
They are just settling into their new home, and their new life, when Kate gets her book published and she has to go away for two weeks to promote it. Tom states that he could handle the kids for those two weeks, and be able to go to work, so Kate goes.Read more ›
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If you look at my reviewer name, it's a dead give-away that my husband and I have a large family, with eight children. Read morePublished 13 days ago by mom of eight
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