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“Cheaper by the Dozen” Remake is a Comedic Dream -Movie Review

Cheaper by the Dozen offers a fresh perspective based on the films from 2003 and 1950 with the same name. The modern-day breakfast lovers, Paul and Zoey Baker are on a mission to create a successful business revolving around a sweet and savory sauce. However, they quickly realize that handling their family of 12 while growing a business is challenging.

Paul finds a way to make his dreams happen as well as the rest of the family. But the road is sure to be bumpy when it involves your loved ones. Cheaper by the Dozen is a realistic interpretation of family, dreams, and relationships. The Disney film also sheds light on diversity and bullying for one’s ethnicity.

The cast of Cheaper by the Dozen makes us feel like we’re included in their chaotic family adventures. Gabrielle Union (Zoey) from Bring It On, Zach Braff (Paul) from Scrubs, and Erika Christensen (Kate) set the tone for the comedy in nearly every scene. With their close-knit bond, the movie is sure to warm hearts of all ages.

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Cheaper by the Dozen (2022) Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Everyone Has a Dream

It is not a surprise that every character in the Disney movie has some sort of dream, and we can all immediately relate. The Baker family is definitely set on achieving them even if they sound out of this world according to the narrator. The remake adds modern touches to the dreams that the characters possess for the perfect message towards people of all generations. The main lesson behind the film is to go after your dreams but to also keep your loved ones close.

Relationships

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Gabrielle Union as Zoey Baker and Zach Braff as Paul Baker in 20th Century Studios’ CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Merrick Morton. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Cheaper by the Dozen offers a whole other realm when it comes to relationships. The judgment by outsiders confirms that The Baker family might not be the typical American family in California, at least not on society’s terms. However, the complex relationship within the family drives the movie to be a fun, heartfelt story. It may seem daunting when picturing the number of goofballs as part of one family, but their deep ties make it all seem worth it. Cheaper by the Dozen explores parental, teen, and adult relationships that help to perfectly wrap up the very last scene.

Family

Zach Braff as Paul Baker, Gabrielle Union as Zoey Baker, Sebastian Cote as Bronx, Leo Abelo Perry as Luca, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Luna, Christian Cote as Bailey, Andre Robinson as DJ, Aryan Simhadri as Haresh, and Caylee Blosenski as Harley in 20th Century Studios' CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN,
Zach Braff as Paul Baker, Gabrielle Union as Zoey Baker, Sebastian Cote as Bronx, Leo Abelo Perry as Luca, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Luna, Christian Cote as Bailey, Andre Robinson as DJ, Aryan Simhadri as Haresh, and Caylee Blosenski as Harley in 20th Century Studios’ CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Merrick Morton. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

In this beloved Disney movie, we are yet again reminded that family doesn’t always have to share the same blood or skin color. This movie might be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t seen the original films, but the complicated family relations are sure to keep you entertained. Their acceptance as one big family makes us want to hug our loved ones.

Diversity

Diversity connects with family and relationships in Cheaper by the Dozen and refuses to let go even during the ending credits. The push for diversity strengthens the film’s storyline to create some of the most memorable moments. As I see Zoey hug her kids, I can only wish that the world would embrace everyone regardless of their background. But of course, we have a long way to go.

Final Thoughts

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Kylie Rogers as Ella, Luke Prael as Seth, Caylee Blosenski as Harley, Sebastian Cote as Bronx, Gabrielle Union as Zoey Baker, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Luna, Christian Cote as Bailey, Aryan Simhadri as Haresh, Andre Robinson as DJ, Journee Brown as Deja, Leo Abelo Perry as Luca, and Zach Braff as Paul Baker on the set of 20th Century Studios’ CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Many different elements stood out in this film including family obstacles and hilarious quotes. Cheaper by the Dozen takes us on quite the adventure that resonates way after the movie ends. Zach and Gabrielle as well as the rest of the cast have undeniable chemistry when it comes to The Baker family. Is it too much if I ask for a sequel?

Watch Cheaper by the Dozen exclusively on Disney+ March 18th!

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