Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

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Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Shawn Levy, Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo

     
 

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Despite being a "by the numbers" remake of the 1950 classic family film, this loosely based remake of Cheaper by the Dozen has it's own charm, and Fox has delivered a DVD that will please most viewers, especially the younger generations. Both a 1.85:1 anamorphic image and a full-frame version (each on a separate side of the disc) is offered, and they both lookSee more details below

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Despite being a "by the numbers" remake of the 1950 classic family film, this loosely based remake of Cheaper by the Dozen has it's own charm, and Fox has delivered a DVD that will please most viewers, especially the younger generations. Both a 1.85:1 anamorphic image and a full-frame version (each on a separate side of the disc) is offered, and they both look very good, as would be expected. Detail is exceptional, and colors are nearly perfect, though at times the reds seem a bit oversaturated. Nevertheless, it's a small complaint since the vast majority of the transfer is beautiful to look at. The sound doesn't get the same kind of stellar treatment, but that isn't a real surprise. Light fare such as this simply doesn't warrant it. The English 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is clearly adequate for this genre. Dialogue is comprehensible, and environmental sounds are natural, but the surrounds are never exploited, even when a rare scene could use it. As with another Fox family title, Like Mike, the meager supplements are split up over the two sides, which seems like an unnecessary annoyance. On the widescreen side is a preview for Garfield: The Movie as well as a brief five-minute featurette entitled "Director's Viewfinder: Creating a Fictional Family," in which director Shawn Levy discusses his involvement and intentions in making the film. It's really not bad, but certainly short on detail. On the full-frame side are five deleted scenes, with optional commentary from Levy. Both sides also contain two scene-specific commentaries, one from Levy, who seems to be taking the whole thing just a little too seriously (but is at least fairly interesting to listen to) and the other from a number of the "Baker" kids, Liliana Mumy, Kevin Schmidt, Morgan York, Alyson Stoner, Jacob Smith, and, though she was obviously recorded separately and only for some specific scenes, Piper Perabo. This second track is unlikely to interest kids, let alone parents, as it's total chaos in the recording studio, with the kids more interested in pointing out their lines than anything of relevance. Maybe missing just short of being an outstanding disc, this is still a fine accompaniment to a movie that is more enjoyable than would be expected.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
You can't really call Cheaper by the Dozen a remake. All this film has in common with the 1950 family classic is the title, the 12 children, and the fact that both films are in color. Consider the portrayals of the two fathers: The original's Frank Gilbreth (Clifton Webb) was an efficiency expert who ran his household with a precise and authoritative hand; Tom Baker (Steve Martin), meanwhile, is predictably bumbling and overwhelmed when left in charge when his author wife, Mary (Bonnie Hunt), departs for a book tour -- at a bad time. The family is experiencing a rocky transition after moving from their small town to a prominent college, where alumnus Martin has been has installed as the new football coach. You'd think a coach would have instilled discipline in his household. You might also think his kids would rally around their dad as he pursues his dream job, but this undisciplined bunch terrorizes babysitters and even spreads their chaos next- door to the snobby neighbors. There are the inevitable tugs at the heartstrings, as the standard-issue misfit son (teasingly called Fed-Ex by his siblings) runs away, and the increasingly estranged mom and dad learn that they cannot have it all. One of 2003's bigger box office hits, Cheaper by the Dozen is the cinematic equivalent of comfort television. There is nary a believable moment (Steve Martin as a football coach?), but it cruises along on the immense likeability of its leads, the antics of their wisecracking cinematic brood, including attractive teen favorites Hilary Duff and Tom Welling (Smallville). There's also some delight in seeing Ashton Kutcher as a conceited actor -- eldest daughter Nora's (Piper Perabo) boyfriend -- who gets his eagerly anticipated comeuppance from these children of the corn.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Director Shawn Levy and much of the ''Cheaper'' team come from [Ashton Kutcher]'s 2003 movie Just Married; clearly Kutcher's at home with these dudes, free to pull a Punk'd -- on himself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0024543116080
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
8,172

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Shawn Leavy; actor commentary by the Baker Kids; "Director's Viewfinder: Creating a Fictional Family"; "Inside Look: Garfield"; trailer ; six deleted scenes with director's commentary.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Tom Baker
Bonnie Hunt Kate Baker
Piper Perabo Nora Baker
Tom Welling Charlie Baker
Hilary Duff Lorraine Baker
Kevin Schmidt Henry Baker
Alyson Stoner Sarah Baker
Jacob Smith Jake Baker
Liliana Mumy Jessica Baker
Morgan York Kim Baker
Forrest Landis Mark Baker
Blake Woodruff Mike Baker
Brent Kinsman Kyle Baker
Shane Kinsman Nigel Baker
Paula Marshall Actor
Steven Anthony Lawrence Actor
Alan Ruck Actor
Richard Jenkins Actor
Regis Philbin Actor
Kelly Ripa Actor
Ashton Kutcher Hank

Technical Credits
Shawn Levy Director
Michael Barnathan Producer
Will Batts Set Decoration/Design
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
Joel Cohen Screenwriter
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
George Folsey Editor
Stephanie Gilliam Set Decoration/Design
Mark Haber Set Decoration/Design
Sam Harper Screenwriter
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Nancy Klopper Casting
William Matthews Set Decoration/Design
Scott Meehan Art Director
Ben Myron Producer
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Nina Ruscio Production Designer
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
Ira Shuman Co-producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Alec Sokolow Screenwriter
Craig Titley Original Story

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Twelve Is Our Number (Main Titles) [4:54]
2. Managing Chaos [3:38]
3. Breakfast With Beans [4:03]
4. Shake's Offer [3:17]
5. We're Not Moving! [3:39]
6. Moving Day [1:31]
7. A New Home [2:22]
8. The Neighbors [3:13]
9. Day 14 on the Alien Planet [2:10]
10. Kate's Big News [2:25]
11. Help From Nora [2:27]
12. Heads Up, Hank [7:42]
13. Funny, But Wrong [3:03]
14. First Day of School [2:09]
15. Dad in Charge [4:46]
16. Looking for Backup [2:08]
17. Missing Midland [4:47]
18. Coaching Two Teams [5:28]
19. Panic at the Party [3:32]
20. The Tour's Over [4:28]
21. Charlie's Choice [3:19]
22. An Ultimatum [2:39]
23. One Big, Happy Family [1:35]
24. Looking for Mark [7:21]
25. A Different Dream [1:11]
26. We Love the Coach [2:13]
27. Twelve Is Still Our Number [1:35]
28. End Titles [6:48]
Side #2 -- Standard Version
1. Twelve Is Our Number (Main Titles) [4:54]
2. Managing Chaos [3:38]
3. Breakfast With Beans [4:03]
4. Shake's Offer [3:17]
5. We're Not Moving! [3:39]
6. Moving Day [1:31]
7. A New Home [2:22]
8. The Neighbors [3:13]
9. Day 14 on the Alien Planet [2:10]
10. Kate's Big News [2:25]
11. Help From Nora [2:27]
12. Heads Up, Hank [7:42]
13. Funny, But Wrong [3:03]
14. First Day of School [2:09]
15. Dad in Charge [4:46]
16. Looking for Backup [2:08]
17. Missing Midland [4:47]
18. Coaching Two Teams [5:28]
19. Panic at the Party [3:32]
20. The Tour's Over [4:28]
21. Charlie's Choice [3:19]
22. An Ultimatum [2:39]
23. One Big, Happy Family [1:35]
24. Looking for Mark [7:21]
25. A Different Dream [1:11]
26. We Love the Coach [2:13]
27. Twelve Is Still Our Number [1:35]
28. End Titles [6:48]

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