THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS SO PLEASE KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN READING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT YET WATCHED THE MOVIE. I DO TRY MY BEST TO AVOID SPOILERS BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
Title: Cheaper by the Dozen
Run Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Summery: A Disney+ Original movie, “Cheaper by the Dozen” is a reimagining of the 2003 hit family comedy. It is the story of the raucous exploits of a blended family of 12, the Bakers, as they navigate a hectic home life while simultaneously managing their family business.
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Zach Bragg, Erika Christensen, Timon Kyle Durrett, Journee Brown, Kylie Rogers, Andre Robinson, Caylee Blosenski, Aryan Simhadri, Leo Abelo Perry, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Christian Cote, Sebastian Cote & Luke Prael.
Director: Gail Lerner
Writers: Frank B. Gilbreth Jr & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (Novel) Craig Titley, Kenya Barris, Jennifer Rice-Genzuk Henry
A very interesting movie that isn’t quite what I expected it to be. It was good, it had funny parts, it had diversity and inclusivity, it dealt with some very heavy topics and It certainly wasn’t a movie for young kids really.
Okay so where do I start on my thoughts with this movie, I am a huge fan of the 2003 version of this movie so was really excited that there was a newer version, but it wasn’t really like the original at all. For a start it was actually more like Yours, Mine & Ours in the respect that it’s a blended family not a natural family. There wasn’t 12 kids only 10 and though some wouldn’t find that an issue I did as the story originated on a family of 12 children. I could easily identify scenes in which were from the earlier cheaper by the dozen movies so they tried to capture a similar style, which I did appreciate.
This movie wasn’t funny really though, it started off with a few funny scenes but it lost all its humour further in and became awkward and then stepped into some very heavy topics that took the comedy completely out of the movie. I absolutely loved the ex-wife and found her the best character in the whole movie she was pretty much the only consistent form of comedy throughout.
The family worked well and were very modern, they all worked and connected as a family, they had a really fun dynamic. The youngest ones were so mischievous and added a lot of entertainment. I liked it but didn’t love it which is such a shame honestly, I was hoping for this to be so much funnier than it was.
The movie was a really good watch but it isn’t at all what you’d imagine it to be, I kind of wish it hadn’t of been made as a cheaper by the dozen movie and been a movie of its own, it would have worked much better.
So overall the movie itself is still worth giving it a watch, it’s very entertaining and a good depiction of modern family life, the younger kids will make the movie that much more enjoyable trust me they were so troublesome.