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There are some great scenes in the film, in particular the occasion when the younger children decide to split up their eldest sister Norah (Piper Perabo) and her boyfriend Hank (Ashton Kutcher). They soak Hank's underwear in meat, then watch with glee as every dog in the neighbourhood is drawn to the tempting smell of the item. I think it would be fair to say that Cheaper by the Dozen relies more on slapstick gags than witty repotoire, and is therefore more suited to a younger audience.
Due to the fact that there are fourteen main characters within the film, I frequently found it difficult not only to remember their names, but also to follow exactly what was going on. Saying that however, most of the younger children have small roles, whilst the likes of Charlie (Smallville's Tom Welling) and Lorraine (Hilary Duff) take the more challenging roles of angst-ridden teenagers. The film contains many cliches: the well-behaved boy next door (who the brood soon corrupt), the secret passages in the family's huge house, and Kevin, the odd sibling out, who must prove himself to his family.
Directed by Shawn Levy ('Just Married' and 'Big Fat Liar'), the film is not a bad one.Read more ›
It was funny, it was sad, it was heart-warming, it was Cheaper by the Dozen.
Acting : 10
Comedy : 10
Story : 10