A remake of the 1950 classic with Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy of the same name, this film bears no resemblance at all to that classic film or the novel written by Frank B. Gilbreath Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreath Carey. But it still is a good wholesome family film for the new millennium.
Steve Martin plays the father of 12 children with his wife, played by Bonnie Hunt. He finally realizes his dream, to coach his alma mater football team, at the same time his wife gets a publishing deal. 12 kids, tow parents, new town, new jobs, new schools…chaos.
A rare comedy for the 2000’s that shows wholesome fun and the emotional side to being a parent, and a kid for that matter. Steve Martin is perfect as the father and Bonnie Hunt plays very well next to him. Their children, the oldest played by Piper Perabo, Tom Welling and Hillary Duff are pretty good, but seem a little old. Piper’s boyfriend, played by Ashton Kutcher is an added distraction that the film really didn’t need.
All in all a delightful film that I have no problem watching over and over again. B