Cheaper by the Dozen upgrades the franchise into modern times. Disney Plus’ reboot keeps its heart, and changes a lot of other things.
Cheaper by the Dozen is a wonderful remake that works well. It updates the classic concept to make a new and fun family movie that plenty should enjoy. Starting with myself.
If you didn’t know, Disney+ is on a mission to reboot almost everything single franchise it owns. Unlike the Home Alone reboot, this one is actually fun to watch and relatable to modern times. It’s really best to go into the movie without thinking of the film as a reboot but your mileage may vary.
However, my biggest issue is this: There were so many beautiful themes and ideas introduced here, but the film never opts to explore any of them. From the mixed family dynamic, the dreams of the parents and kids, racism towards black people and much more. The lack of depth across the movie keeps it from reaching its full potential. In general, the movie feels awfully thin and much too programmed for most of its run time. It comes up really short when exploring the real feelings involved in such a pressurized living situation.
Should you watch it?
Don’t confuse it with the original movie, this iteration is obviously made for home viewing and not interested in the theater audience. Was it needed? No. Is it fun to watch? Yes.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Cheaper by the Dozen exclusively on Disney+ everywhere.