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by KEES BOER

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One of my all time favorite movies is the film “Cheaper by the Dozen,” which came out around 1950 starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Joy. This film was just released last month on DVD and would a great addition to any DVD library. And I was excited when I learned there was going to make a remake of the film.

The new “Cheaper by the Dozen” stars Steve Martin as Tom Barker, a football coach at a major university. Bonnie Hunt plays his wife, Kate, and Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) plays one of the daughters.

Tom Barker is a small town coach in Illinois when he gets the chance of a lifetime. He is recruited by his former university as the head football coach. But there are problems— 12 of them to be exact. His 12 children don’t like the move.

When Kate heads out of town on a two-week tour to promote her new book, Tom is in for a big surprise as he learns the hard way how much work it is to manage the children. Believe me, these kids know how to make a racket. And if you have children, you will walk away from this film thinking that your kids are the best behaved youngsters on the planet.

The remake is likeable, but in this case, I liked the original film better. The first film was based on the true story of the Gilbreth family. Frank Gilbreth pioneered in the field of Industrial Engineering, and his house was far from the disorder that the latest film presents. Sadly, aside from the title, there is not much left of the original story.

The DVD comes with a couple of small featurettes. A very short featurette about the making of the film is included and a few deleted and extended scenes. An entertaining deleted scene is where a couple of 10-year-old girls teach Integral Calculus to a group of college football players. The best parts of this DVD are the commentaries. One of my absolute favorite commentaries is listening to the film, while listening to the little kids describe how the film was made — and hear their perspectives. It is better than watching the film itself.

All in all, this is a great family film, (unless your kids tend to imitate what they see in the movies —you have been warned). The film encourages loyalty to one’s family above a job, or other responsibilities.

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