Parents' Guide to

Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Old-fashioned upbeat family comedy with sad ending.

Movie NR 1950 86 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

We liked it but...

There was a bit too much of the coming of age rebellion - being boy crazy, dressing for peer acceptance - and it was a bit risque in parts. Some of the language from the 'dating' period was too fresh and flip - But as a whole it was a good movie and the kids liked it - but the end was a bit depressing for the kids and opened a whole discussion about death and the kids were bothered by it. But how the family teamed together was hopeful and inspiring.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3 ):

It's old-fashioned from its acting style, uncomplicated characters, and story line, to the ease with which problems are solved. Still it's fun, innocent, and, until the sad ending, a likeable picture of an idealized family nearly 100 years ago.

The 2003 version with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt is not actually a remake, and has only the title and size of the family in common with this earlier movie which was inspired by the real Gilbreth family.

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