Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
The Baker family, with 12 children, move from small-town Illinois to the big city, after Tom Baker [Steve Martin], gets his “dream job” to coach his college alma-mater football team. Kate Baker [Bonnie Hunt], the mother of the 12 children, has written a book called Cheaper By The Dozen, that is published with great fanfare and a subsequent book tour. There are many adjustments to be made in the transition from life in a small rural town to a big city; and with mama being gone on her book tour and daddy away working, it makes for hilarious scenes in this remake of the original “Cheaper By The Dozen,” written by Frank Gilbreth.
I laughed out loud at some of the funny moments in this film. When Tom Baker (Steve Martin) gives a eulogy near the end of the film for a family frog which just passed on to that great lilypad in the sky, it is hilarious. The premise of the film is that Baker is offered a coaching job for a top division school but the family will have to move. They reluctantly do so and shortly afterwards Tom’s wife Kate (Bonnie Hunt) has her first book published, and she has to travel to New York for a book tour. This leaves the family in the hands of an overwhelmed Tom Baker. Managing twelve kids would be a tough job anytime, but in this case it is nearly impossible as Tom splits his time between his football team and the kids.
This movie is family friendly with just one crude word uttered during, of all times, the credits. There is a conflict about Nora’s boyfriend spending the night in her room with her, but Tom points out, “This is a G-Rated house, and that’s not permitted here.” There are plenty of funny moments in this film and it is recommended for the entire family. It should be noted that Tom Welling, of “Smallville” fame, does a great job playing the eldest son.