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Cheaper By the Dozen 03

Steve Martin , Bonnie Hunt , Shawn Levy    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt corral a wild herd of rampaging children in Cheaper by the Dozen, an enjoyable family flick. When Kate Baker (Hunt, Jerry Maguire) gets a book deal for her chronicle of their abundant family life, she also gets drawn into a book tour--leaving Tom (Martin, Bringing Down the House, The Jerk) to run the house and cope with his new, high-pressure job as a football coach. Naturally, chaos erupts, bringing the family to the brink of meltdown. Cheaper by the Dozen is not a great movie or an important movie or even a surprising movie, but it is a warm-hearted crowd-pleaser. The Bakers' family life is a bit idealized and antiseptic, but anyone looking for an escape from their own less-ideal family lives won't mind. Also featuring Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo, and an uncredited Ashton Kutcher. --Bret Fetzer

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Martin/Hunt/Duff ~ Cheaper By The Dozen

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2.0 out of 5 stars An OK movie with some throw backs. March 27 2006
This film is a remake of the 1953 film along with a movie based on the book. It isn't as good as it could have been; they had an oppurtunity to make a great film but they didn't execute as well as they could have.
The story basically goes that a family with 12 children lives in the countryside. When the father gets a coaching job in Chicago the family moves there, but the children are hesitant and angry to go. The rest mostly consists of the children being angry and the mother going on a trip touring a book called Cheaper by the Dozen.
This film is not at all great and, in my opinion, not above average. Why? Well, here's reason number one. Hilary Duff. She wrecked the movie with her terrible acting (although she could have acted a TON better,) and her SUPER ANNOYING 'fashion guru' act. She keeps on making lame mentions to fashion and make up, etc. It is really, really annoying and takes away from the film.
The second is the script. There are some bad lines (i.e. when Steve Martin is hanging from the chandelier,) and it can just make the viewer cringe. I cannot say how bad the script is sometimes. When the kids are soaking Hank's underwear in meat, I don't think the kid (if he was logical and actually knew anything about hockey,) would use an EASTON STICK to soak his underwear in meat.
I do not recommend this film, although little kids may enjoy it. They could have done so much better on the film, and I'm skipping CBTD 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 12 kids, lots of laughs and lots of trouble!!!! July 14 2004
This movie was hilarious!! I really enjoyed it. The movie is about a family who deals with change when both parents decide to pursue their career dreams, and even more chaos ensues. You have a bunch of children who don't want to move, leave their school and friends, getting used to new schools, and playing major pranks on each other and on a boyfriend. You have one child who feels like an outsider, but the other siblings do really love him. Years ago this couple only wanted 8 children, but when they had a set of twins, decided to go for an even number. So they ended up with 12. You have one child who is a fashion person, very into her looks, make up and clothing. The oldest child has moved out, has her own life, and is trying to get her family to understand that. She is dating her boyfriend who is an actor her siblings don't like.
The scene that is so funny and I kept watching over and over and over again was the scene when the dog attacks the boyfriend whose shorts were soaked in meat. He is grabbing the floor and his screams reach a falsetto that just had me laughing and crying so hard. I love that scene!!!! Then he leaves the house and is chased by more dogs and has to jump in his car. What a riot!!!!
The story is ultimately about finding a happy medium, and deciding what is more important. Career or family. It is possible to have both, but at what costs? This movie is fun for the entire family to watch.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, time, or headache July 3 2004
This movie is an atrocity.
It is a butchering interpretation of an excellent book and an earlier movie that is also very good. The only element that the "updated" version of the work has with either the book or the earlier film is the presence of twelve children. Now, I don't expect adaptation films to be carbon-copies of the original works, but I do expect them to be as good. I didn't ask for this movie to be realistic, but I did require it to be remotely funny. I was disappointed, to say the least.
What repulsed me and my fellow viewers was the fact that this film is yet another in a recent genre that apparently seeks to portray parents, particularly fathers, as idiots, and children as the only members of the household with a clue. If you find humor in parental idiocy, then this is your movie, because there's plenty of it. The plot is based on the tensions between the father and the children, and between the children themselves. It is about a household trying to destroy itself.
There's enough of this going on in real life, so I don't see any reasonable motivation for making it the butt of a joke. I just can't seem to find humor in blatantly defiant and disobedient children (even though the father's irresponsible behavior almost warrants it). However, I did laugh at seeing Ashton Kutcher's crotch being mauled by a dog, but Kutcher's crotch being mauled by a dog would be funny in any movie.
The movie gave me a headache, and the fact that everybody kissed and made up at the end didn't make it go away. To the analytical viewer, Cheaper by the Dozen is simply a blasphemous rip-off of a good book and a good movie,and a psychotic portrayal of how cynical and misguided the American family can be. To anyone else, you might want to settle with saying that it's just a really bad movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I totally agree June 15 2004
Anyone who wants to compare this to a 1950 movie no one's ever heard of, then I think should just stop already. Because no one's going to remember that there was copy of it in 1950, or no one's gonna care to watch it, even if they did, it's not like you could find it anywhere besides amazon or off the internet. You would have to be in a big city.
Anyway, I like this movie for a lot of reasons.
1. It wasn't just your standard comedy, someone gets hit by a bus, we're supposed to laugh because it's happened like in every comedy. It was inventive, we had three very funny scenes, & they lasted long.
2. The acting(excluding Ashton Kutcher) was amazing. But why did they have Ashton in there, he only knows one role... be a dumbass. But he sucks at that. The only awesome thing about him being there is the kids did all these mean things to him, & that never gets boring!!
3. Steve Martin!! Need I say more?
4. Hilary Duff rocks!! Lets just say that... she can act, too bad her singing wasn't like that too though, or her height.
5. It actually turns into a serious story for a while, & it was good that it actually had two sides to the movie.
6. The final reason, wasn't horribly cheesy, it was actually believeable, & I very much liked it!!
Get it today!! This is one GREAT COMEDY!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper By The Dozen
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1.0 out of 5 stars A dreadful monstrosity which reared its stinky head from infernal...
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Published on Oct. 26 2010 by mitek
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad , has some very funny moments
this movie isn't too bad.there are a couple of very funny moments in
the movie.i also liked the energy level of the film.it was very
high. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2007 by falcon
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Handed, Tired Jokes
Of course, Steve Martin is a joy to watch in almost anything, and I was expecting a reprisal of his role in the wonderful PARENTHOOD. Sadly, this was not. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Melissa McCauley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not even that many laughs
Waste of talent, insult to parents who can cope, and just plain bothersome. You might stay awake for the first hour, but then it gets embarassing. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by John Bowes
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUNNY AND GREAT MOVIE!
Published on July 16 2004 by LEMONY
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Martin Is Allways Fun To Watch!
I had a lot of fun watching this movie. But then again, I knew I would. Steve Martin is always GREAT!
Published on July 14 2004 by Halle Matlin
2.0 out of 5 stars You could find better family movies
Cheaper by the Dozen is a hokey, predictable film with very few laughs. The kids generally don't come across as cute and, unless you are a kid, watching their tired antics and... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by ShamayimBlue
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!!
I enjoyed this movie, it was really funny and my whole family liked it.Get this movie for the whole family that I promise that will enjoy.
Published on July 8 2004 by Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Comedy
I enjoyed this great Family Comedy because it brings me back
to the family sitcom era which I grew up with. The kids & teens are great in this movie. Read more
Published on July 3 2004
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