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Cheaper By The Dozen
Reviewed by: Stephanie Wolfe Murray
Attractive, sports loving, middle-American couple (Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt) have 12 children. They live in the country, Illinois way, and life is chaotic, but happy. We share their little heartaches, trials and tribulations, with offspring aged between twentysomething and four-year-old twins. Squirming already?
Dad is offered a job in the city to coach the football team. It's his dream. They're off, amid squawks, tears and tantrums. And they're going to be happy. Dad promised.
Mom hears the exciting news that her book - same title as the film - is about to be published and she must leave for a three day promotional tour. Three days turns into two weeks and ...
Dad won't let Mom know that he's barely coping. Not coping? It's mayhem. Hysterical. And he's supposed to be the big new football coach, the saviour of the team. Something's gotta give.
Mom returns and they have to choose: the football team, or their home-made team?
A thin plot? You bet!
But there are moments of hilarity, watching the family not coping, and plenty to identify with. Martin is typecast to perfection, although Hunt seems ridiculously slim and nubile for someone who is supposed to have given birth to a dozen babies. The children are funny and a surprising number emerge as genuine characters. That said, it's unavoidably corny, with a storyline that goes nowhere.
If you must see it, don't hold back. Enjoy the chaos.Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2004
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