Cheaper By the Dozen (2022)


“We have a laundry chute?” – Paul Baker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A restaurant owner and his wife who have 10 kids try to keep their sanity.

My Take on it – This is a remake of a remake that probably never needed to be made.

Zack Braff and Gabrielle Union are both fun in these roles, but they unfortunately can’t bring anything new and innovative to these roles besides the idea of making things feel more modern.

The story in some ways feels much more like a remake of a remake of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) tho due to the breakdown of these family dynamics.

Regardless, it just doesn’t reach up to scratch as any of the aforementioned originals or even their remakes and that is quite problematic here.

This film tries too hard to focus on the special family dynamics and connections to their exes more than to the kids themselves which is the main point of the original story.

The story is very much within the parameters of a Disney family film and doesn’t manage to bring any real issues to these characters since it all feels a bit too superficial in the way it all plays out.

None of the kids are developed enough and the attempt to cover the entire spectrum of feeling PC, the story loses so much of its impact because it just isn’t necessary on the one hand and on the other hand, it fails to add anything to the way that the story needs to unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie the Bakers watched during family movie night was the original Cheaper By The Dozen (1950). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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