Cheaper By the Dozen: Mark Fellman
Allyssa Lee
April 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cheaper by the Dozen (Movie - 2003)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/25/03
performer
Bonnie Hunt, Steve Martin, Hilary Duff, Ashton Kutcher, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling
director
Shawn Levy
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Sam Harper
genre
Comedy, Kids and Family

We gave it a B

Cheaper by the Dozen, a fun, harmless spin on the 1948 memoir and remake of the 1950 film, puts the affably wacky Steve Martin and slyly sardonic Bonnie Hunt at the head of the sprawling, sparkling Baker brood. Things get predictably crazy when Dad is offered a high-profile coaching gig in the city, uprooting the Baker dozen from their comfortable country digs to tony Evanston, Ill. The requisite frog, crotch, and vomit jokes are dished out with a generous helping of family values for widest audience appeal, and Ashton Kutcher punks himself to good effect as a narcissistic boyfriend who falls victim to the children’s schemes.

EXTRAS Deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and full-length commentaries by director Shawn Levy and some Baker kids with such insights as ”Is ‘goober’ a real word?” and ”Ha! He picks his nose!”

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