Cheaper By The Dozen welcomes you to be a guest at the Baker household in the Disney+ neighborhood. There are new Bakers, a new recipe, but the tingling sensation that warms your heart remains the same.
Being treated to a story where there’s a group of people with unbreakable love and support for each other can have results that may vary due to the familiarity of the premise. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about that much in Disney’s new iteration of the Cheaper By The Dozen. The premise of a happily married couple raising twelve unique rambunctious youths does not exactly remain the same, though, and some creative liberties were taken.
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Check out our full review below:
Cheaper By The Dozen Bakes A Fresh New Direction
First of all, there aren’t twelve children, there’s only ten of them. The parents are included to round out the dozen. This Baker family is a blended family instead of a traditional nuclear family. Not all of the Baker kids are biologically related – but don’t worry, the love the family has for each other is not lessened by any means.
One thing that surprised me most about this movie was its willingness to take itself a little more seriously than its predecessors. This Cheaper By The Dozen does not shy away from discussing issues faced by today’s society. There’s a mildly subtle social awareness of prejudice at a few points in the film, which contributes a layer of realism to the story that needed to be addressed given today’s political climate.
Another thing that surprised me was the tragic circumstances surrounding a couple of the young Bakers. I’m not going to talk about that, but you’ll find out when you see the movie. Just be sure to brace your heart before you so.
The cast made sure that audiences can reach out and touch the affection their characters feel for one another. Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff are the unlikely pairing that no one saw coming in an experiment that yielded successful results. They played well off each other despite their lack of history working together. They’re both talented actors, as most of us already know by now, and they understood the assignment of playing a loving modern interracial couple raising a large blended family. The seemingly odd couple turned out to be a perfect match on screen.
The Baker kids were also fun to watch. Some of the young actors you may recognize, and some of them you may not, but they all had this energy about them as if they were partying in a bouncy house with little to no adult supervision. Eventually, the metaphorical house breaks and they disperse, only to reunite later when they discover that they can’t be apart from each other for long.
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Shenanigans of all sorts ensued with those little rascals. The older kids didn’t make things easy either, as they brought a steaming pile of teen drama with them. But at the end of the day, they all have each other’s backs.
Cheaper By The Dozen is a wonderful film with plenty of humor, hubris, heavy-heartedness and hope. I’m delighted to have been treated to such a relevant well-written story executed by a remarkable cast of gifted performers lead by two of Hollywood’s biggest giants. I look forward to watching this again when it comes out on Disney+ on March 18th.
A Disney+ Original movie, “Cheaper by the Dozen” is a reimagining of the 2003 hit family comedy. It is the story of the raucous exploits of a blended family of 12, the Bakers, as they navigate a hectic home life while simultaneously managing their family business.
Cheaper By The Dozen stars Gabrielle Union, Zach Braff, Journee Brown, Kylie Rogers, Andre Robinson, Caylee Blosenski, Aryan Simhadri, Leo A. Perry, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Christian Cote, Sebastian Cote, and Luke Prael.
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