Genre Guesstimation – Cheaper By the Dozen (2003)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Robb of Red Bezzle and it is Remade Movies.

Love or hate, compare and contrast, and dare to say they’re better. It could be a relocated remake a la The Magnificent Seven, an Animation to Live Action remake similar to The Jungle Book or straight forward reimagining such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to remaderobb@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Robb!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Re-Made Movies.

“You soaked his underwear in meat. That is so wrong. Funny, but wrong. ” – Tom

Number of Times Seen – 2 (3 May 2004 and 3 Sep 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A couple with a dozen kids  must deal with the move to a new town and a new job for both of them while still trying to keep their family together.

My Take on it – As a film viewer who generally doesn’t enjoy watching movie remakes, this is an interesting genre for me to try and tackle since I need to go against my natural instaict to avoid these films.

Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt are both great as the heads of the family and the way that they add a modern feminist twist to the story helps make the characters roles a bit more equal than in the original.

This is a great way to show a comedic view of raising a large family, but it lacks some of the aspects of the original that make it so enjoyable; the moral compass so prominent in that film is sorely missed here.

Once again, the use of such a large cast of kids inevitably leads to make of them getting mere cameos instead of having developed roles.

Thankfully, they were able to take a few of them and give us a bit more “meat” to their storylines despite them being stereotypical issues.

Some of the physical comedy utilized is hilariously done.

All in all, this is a film that adds some nice twists to the original idea, but despite enjoying it, I wonder whether it was really necessary.

The fact that the two films have only one major element in common; the twelve kids, is also a slightly suspicious way to make a remake.

Bottom Line – Martin and Hunt are great together and this is a really fun movie to watch.  Due to the large cast of kids, most of them are unfortunately delegated to just having cameos but it’s nice the way that they still were able to focus on a few of them more closely. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the “Cheaper by the Dozen” movies were made, neither Steve Martin nor Bonnie Hunt, who played the parents of 12 children, had ever had a child in real life. Steve Martin first became a father years later in Febuary of 2013 when his wife Anne Stringfield gave birth to his first child. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – It’s a fun movie, but was it really necessary to make a remake of the original? This film shows a more comedic view of the story, but lacks the moral compass so prominent in the original.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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