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10 Movies like Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)7 min read


This movie is about the Baker family, who are forced to move from their big house to a smaller one after dad loses his job. They soon discover that living in close quarters can be a lot of fun. The review: This was a really cute movie! I loved the premise and the family was so funny. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a feel-good movie. 

If you enjoyed this film, here are our recommendations what you should watch next:

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Daisy Werthan is an aging Jewish widow living in mid-century Atlanta, Georgia. When her son and his fiancée decide that Daisy should move to a retirement home, she’s stubborn and determined that she can still live on her own. Then, one day while trying to park her car, Daisy is nearly killed and realizes she needs help. She hires Hoke Coleburn: a black man who was once an officer on the Atlanta police force but was forced into retirement after he had a stroke. We see their relationship change from being employer and employee to friends who discover that they have a lot in common.

I Remember Mama (1948)

In the early 1900s, a widow named Katrin Hanson and her four young daughters arrives on a boat from Sweden to America where they must create a new life for themselves. With the help of their long-time family friend, they must adjust to living in a foreign land where everything is different.

Fanny (1932)

This film tells the story of Fanny Price who has been raised by her rich uncle since she was 10 years old after he found himself unable to care for her. Upon his death, Fanny must move to her cousin’s house and society dictates what she should expect: misery, hardship, and loneliness. As it turns out, however, her cousin and his wife are quite welcoming and treat her more like a sister than anything else.

Tangled (2010)

Rapunzel lives with Mother Gothel who has been holding her captive all these years. She has very long hair that she uses to climb to the top of a tower so that no one can see her. When Eugene, Flynn Rider, passes by and sees who is behind the huge wall surrounding their house, he takes advantage of her loneliness and tries to get Rapunzel to let him climb up there with her using her hair.

She is so naive and innocent that she agrees to let him climb up there with her if he takes her on an adventure. Being a “bad guy” Flynn doesn’t want anything to do with this girl, but he has no choice because someone is after him and his new friend might be able to help.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

When Dorothy, with her little dog Toto, lands in the land of Oz she is in for a big adventure. A cyclone takes them to the magical land where they meet all sorts of wonderful people, including good witches and flying monkeys! She must find her way home but along the way she learns about friendship and family.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

In this movie, Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin who is left home alone while his family flies to France. He wakes up late the next day and rushes out of the house forgetting to set the alarm clock. When he finally makes it back home, he realizes that someone has entered his house and set traps for him. He must now use his brain to protect his home against two bumbling burglars!

The Parent Trap (1961)

Twins Hallie Parker and Annie James meet at summer camp where they realize that they are sisters and just one year apart in age. They switch places at camp and meet their parents to tell them that they have a twin, but no one believes them until they see the other parent with the same face! The girls now must work together to reunite their divorced parents so they can be a family again.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Jess is a British Indian girl who loves soccer. She is expected to live up to her parent’s dream of her becoming a doctor, but she has dreams of playing soccer for England one day. When word gets out that Jess wants to play football, she is forbidden from doing so because it will ruin her future. Determined, she still practices and tries to convince her parents that this is what she wants.

Marley & Me (2008)

When their family dog dies, John and Jenny Grogan are faced with the daunting task of trying to find a new pet. Being allergic to most dogs they must look long and hard before finding Marley, who has a series of bad behaviors. After many years, Marley finally becomes mellow and they are now able to enjoy being around him without sneezing or getting sick.

Little Women (1994)

This movie tells the story of four sisters, who are faced with poverty after their father returns from war injured. They go through many challenges that test their strength as a family and work together to overcome them. In the end, the sisters learn that their greatest strengths come from each other.

These are just a few of the movies that have been made to show how families can overcome challenges, but it’s not always easy. Family dynamics shift over time and many parents find themselves struggling with what is best for their children.

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