Cheaper by the Dozen (2003, USA) C-98m. ** D: Shawn Levy. Starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Kevin Schmidt, Richard Jenkins, Shawn Levy, Ashton Kutcher. Harmless, hardly funny family comedy, not at all a remake of the 1950 classic. Martin and Hunt have twelve children, and when new job opportunities force them to leave their hometown, all kinds of problems come up. Film tries to find humor in making messes and wrecking houses, but the laughs are limited. Followed by a sequel in 2005.

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