STARRING: GABRIEL UNION, ZACH BRAFF, ERIKA CHRISTENSEN, TIMON KYLE DURRENT, JOURNEE BROWN, KYLIE ROGERS, ANDRE ROBINSON, CAYLEE BLOSENSKI, ARYAN SIMHADRI, LEO ABELO PERRY, MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, CHRISTIAN COTE, SEBASTIAN COTE, LUKE PRAEL
DIRECTOR: GAIL LERNER
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 16TH, 2022
Cheaper by the Dozen is a Disney family comedy which is a remake of the original two movies from 1950 and 2003. These films were the autobiographical account of the Gilbreth family. Their life was first written about in a 1948 novel by Frank Bunker. The 2022 version of this film was released on March 16th at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California then it was released on Disney+ on March 18th.
The film begins with a fun opening of the Baker family’s morning routine. Paul (Zach Braff) and Zoey Baker (Gabriel Union), each had prior marriages but eventually divorced and found each other. They then put their diverse family together under one roof and started a family restaurant. Paul and his ex wife Kate (Erika Christensen), while together, had Seth (Luke Prael), Ella (Kylie Rogers), Harley (Caylee Blosenski) and they adopted Haresh (Aryan Simhadri). Zoey and her ex husband Dom Clayton (Timon Durrett) had Deja (Journee Brown) and DJ (Andre Robinson). Once married, Paul and Zoey had Luna (Mykal-Michelle Harris), Bailey (Christian Cote), Bronx (Sebastain Cote) and Luca (Leo Abelo Perry).
Life for the Bakers take a turn when Paul gets an offer for a sauce he created at the family’s restaurant. Paul started to travel more than usual and the family begins to become unhinged. Cheaper by the Dozen is great for family movie night. It starts off very fast and leads the viewers on a roller coaster of emotions. It shows the dynamic of a functioning biracial family which is not really explored thoroughly within the media today. The film not only touched on the families’ blended structure but how it was for them living in a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood and the stereotypes that come with it.
Cheaper by the Dozen is a highly recommendable film. The family was funny and loveable and the camaraderie between the actors meshed perfectly which showed throughout the 1 hour and 47 minute adventure.