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Cheaper By The Dozen
Starring: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Ashton Kutcher, Piper Perabo
Directed by: Shawn Levy
By Gabriella Barillari
Bigger is better and in some cases can definitely be more entertaining!
After abruptly leaving small town Midland, Illinois for Chicago to start his
dream job, complications arise for Tom Baker (Martin) and his family. Having
12 kids is obviously a handful, and when Tom’s wife (Hunt) leaves to
travel the country and promote her first novel, Cheaper by the Dozen, he’s
left to watch the unusually large household and coach the university football
team. So the real question is, can Baker coach two teams?
Every child in the Baker family has a distinct personality, adding colour
and character to the film. Kutcher plays his usual role of the oblivious and
annoying moron boyfriend, this time to Nora (Perabo from Coyote Ugly).
The ever-studly Tom Welling (Smallville) is a high school senior, forced to
make new friends, make the football team and keep in touch with his long distance
Hilary Duff is the blonde bimbo daughter who complains about hand-me-downs
and more bathroom time — quite suitable for her. Missy Elliot’s
break-dancing diva, Alyson Stoner, plays the lacrosse-obsessed tomboy who thinks
of ways to make Kutcher’s life a living hell. It’s quite amusing
to see him get his butt kicked over and over again.
The cast work well together and there is a definite family bond reflected
onscreen. The natural energy of the crazy kids can be felt as they skateboard
around the wooden floors or play a daring game of hallway hockey on roller
blades — how you wish your parents allowed you to do that!
The camera work is all over the place and sometimes can make the audience
dizzy. But don’t worry, it’s nothing compared to the vomit-inducing
Blair Witch disaster.
And speaking of vomit, there are a handful of hilarious gross scenes including
scrambled eggs, minced meat and jock straps — something you need to see
With kids running around inside, outside and on top of the house, there is
no way this movie is a bore. Even after all the madness, the Bakers are still
a loving family with loyalty and priorities.
It may seem to be a film for married couples or children to watch, but don’t
be fooled. You will be surprised by how much Cheaper by the Dozen will keep