Deep and imaginative are two words that you won’t hear to describe "Cheaper By the Dozen," but charming and funny are. Steve Martin and comic gem Bonnie Hunt are the parents of twelve children whose lives get out of control. Some of the humor is pure formula slapstick, which, surprisingly, works, and the rest flows from the goodwill we have for the actors.
[2009: There may be a curse on this movie. The women who played the oldest daughters, Piper Perabo and Hilary Duff, each had their teeth fixed after appearing in "Cheaper by the dozen," and they both lost part of that indescribable thing that made them hot.]