He couldcook and do the laundry and get us off to school on time. The comedy is quite lowbrow - perhaps because the director is the guy who made Just Married. This movie was good and would have been even better if Hank was in it more as he brightens this light - hearted comedy. Whether it's plotting against babysitters, dipping Hank's underwear inmeat or defending her siblings from bullies, this girl is the coolestof the 12 Baker kids. In short, the story misrepresents a poor example of parenting as though it was a good example, manipulating the audience with feel-good sentimentality at every turn, so that we will not notice how messed up and dysfunctional this family actually is. Unlikely, as so much has changed over the years.
The only similarity is the number of children. Its still okay for the family on a friday night though. For anyone who is looking for something primarily believable,Cheaper By The Dozen may not fit the bill. Expectations aside, the movie had some plot holes, but I would have appreciated this kind of film if I was a parent looking for a family film. In any case, she doesn't really look that much different afterwards, and although both fathers screw up their date, like I suggested it's not a big tragedy.
The everyday life shown to those duped into paying to watch this rubbish is shown. Tom Steve Martin and Kate Baker Bonnie Hunt have a Baker'sdozen--children, that is. I was hoping that she wasn't going to be the only reason to see the movie, though, and I think I might have just lucked out on that agenda. Most of the other kids seem to serve as little more than human wallpaper, although FedEx Forrest Landis inadvertently causes a ruckus with some fireworks. It is about a large family, The Bakers' who have twelve children and they have to juggle their careers and being a parent. Bonnie Hunt, as his wife,is completely believable as a successful author who could handle herlarge family and still-frisky husband equally well. For a sequel, it's fine.
All of the actors playing the Baker kids deliver excellent performances. He looks tired and distracted. It was that irrepressible little dancing machine, Alyson Stoner that sold this movie for me, and I didn't even know her name until I saw a poster for the 2003 remake. There is no structure to this family, and hence when Mom and Dad become distracted by new career choices, it starts breaking down rapidly into anarchy and chaos. Indeed, when she goes away on tour and has to stay in a hotel, she rings up room service for a dozen pillows in order to get to sleep! Hank is a very funny character and he brightens up this fun-filled comedy with his witty comments and his selfish attitude. Usually, movie sequels are a disappointment, I have found, as was with Shrek 2, for example, but I found that Cheaper by the Dozen 2 was hilarious and a really good movie outlining the importance of family and family values. This film, however, is similar only in that there are 12 kids.
He also prides himself on being a strict disciplinarian, and having been married to at least three other women before his current wife Carmen Electra , and frequently rubs his lifestyle and wealth in Tom's face. Reasons to see it are: Ashton Kutcher, the trio of neighbours and skinny Wayne Knight: Seinfeld's Newman is about a quarter the man he used to be! No surprises, in other words - too many cliches. While the eleven otherchildren were given 'moments' in the film, they barely registered,individually. A lot has been made of this subplot as well as the scene where Sarah is caught trying to steal make-up and later agrees to let Lorraine perform a makeover on her for her first date. Despite this, she still wants this last trip to the lake.
This movie was not based on the book any more than The Sound of Music was based on the story of the Jackson family. This was the reason for lowering my score 1 point. The characters are so annoying, that it is impossible to feel for them, even in the moments intended to be emotional. The rest of the film was a total waste. It has nothing in common with the 1950 film from which it takes its title. Carmen Electra plays Jimmy's wife, and she's actually very good at playing the bimbo wife when given the chance, and the kid actors are generally good as well.
I really like Eugene Levy as a comedic actor, but I don't think he was right for this role. I'm not a big fan of Ashton Kutcher, but I must admit that he delivers an absolutely hilarious uncredited supporting part. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is a formulaic family comedy where Steve Martin becomes a father possessed with a drive to outdo another father, only to be reminded that his family will still love him no matter if they win the big movie-contrived competition or not. It reminded me of the old Disney classics my family rented when I was growing up. And I never thought i'd say it, but Ashton Kutcher is one of the comedic highlights of this movie. The major change from the original to the new film is a change fromcontrol to near-chaos. All in all, it's still worth seeing despite the family sappiness andlack of an original storyline.
It is depressing way more often than funny. Not even Mara Wilson compares to this girl, andshe was one hell of a child actress. Similarly, Dad's parenting skills amount to letting the kids do whatever they please, so the story is not about two parents with twelve children, but rather fourteen children, of which two are somewhat older. I am embarrassed for Steve Martin. At other times, it is too absurd to be taken seriously.
They move from their small old house to a very large house in a suburban street because the father Martin gets a great job opportunity that would be following his life long dream, but at the same time his wife Hunt also gets a great chance at her dream of being a published writer and she has to travel and be away from her kids. Both Charlie Welling and Sarah Stoner fall in love with members of the opposite sex from the Murtaugh family, specifically Anne Jamie King and Elliot Taylor Lautner. If you are looking for a humorous film, or a touching film, or even an entertaining film, look elsewhere, this isn't it. The movie does the book a huge injustice. While the movie will never earn the 'classic' status the earlier filmachieved, it stands very well on it's own merits! Perhaps they were too busy counting their money from all the hundreds of product sponsors of this film to notice? He was a real person.