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To find films like "Cheaper By The Dozen" stressful to watch?

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SilenceOfTheSAHMs Fri 26-Dec-14 16:14:08

In our house this Christmas we have been watching lots and lots of kids films, the vast majority Tim Burtons ones have been fabulous, but I find films like Cheaper By The Dozen and similar very difficult to watch, lots of chaotic scenes, messy houses, stressed parents, barking dogs etc.

Am I being unreasonable in thinking this? Can anyone suggest any films that make them feel similar?

Or am I dreadfully sensitive? grin

woowoo22 Fri 26-Dec-14 16:18:14


SilenceOfTheSAHMs Fri 26-Dec-14 16:30:41

Thanks woowoo they make me pick at my nails with the stress of the storyline aaargh

Whatdoiknowanyway Fri 26-Dec-14 17:21:33

I found Cheaper by the Dozen stressful on 2 counts. Having been brought up in a large, noisy family it was a reminder of how the individual could frequently get lost among the chaos. But more, as a parent working full time, including travel, it was just too close to home to be comfortable watching a hapless spouse deliberately mess up all the carefully planned childcare arrangements resulting in the absent (but organised) travelling parent looking bad and compromising their ability to do their job properly.
Watched it once when it came out but never again.

steff13 Fri 26-Dec-14 17:26:02

Watch the original Cheaper by the Dozen from 1950. It's a true story of a couple who are experts in efficiency who are raising their 12 children. It's a lot less stressful.

GothMummy Fri 26-Dec-14 17:29:04

I found that film stressful but for different reasons, it was because I find having two DCs so hard and feel a failure that I could not contemplate a large family! So those films just make me feel a bit crap!

AwfulBeryl Fri 26-Dec-14 17:29:40

Yes, I get an impending sense of comb from watching the obvious catastrophic scenarios span out, that and the smugness wholesomeness of it all. I just want them. All to fuck off.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Fri 26-Dec-14 17:31:36

It's Hollywood and daft fwink.

I think you are being over sensitive fsmile[meant in a nice way] although I always fret over Kevin being left behind in Home Alone, she was a mean Mum! angry and his siblings were nasty buggers.

whothehellknows Fri 26-Dec-14 17:33:11

I know what you mean. (but lol at "impending sense of comb".)

AwfulBeryl Fri 26-Dec-14 17:36:26

Lol blush
I get pissed off watching home alone too, especially when his brother Buzz ? Biff ? Eats the only pizza he likes, such a goady fucker.

SilenceOfTheSAHMs Fri 26-Dec-14 17:40:29

Also Hilary Duff is sickening in CBTD too, all breathy voice and omg-y.

And yes to the sense of how a child can soon become "lost" in a huge family.

saoirse31 Fri 26-Dec-14 17:41:13

Think you're massively over thinking. .. can't see how c b d could be stressful!!

Bogeyface Fri 26-Dec-14 17:44:24

Hmm... interesting thread. I have 6 kids and it doesnt bother me at all, apart from the lack of one on one but you can get that in families with 2 kids if the parents cant be arsed so its not a major theme for me.

hugoagogo Fri 26-Dec-14 17:45:26

i love cheaper by the dozen; their lives seem organised to me and everyone loved. confused

OmnipotentQueenOfTheUniverse Fri 26-Dec-14 18:08:52

I got intensely stressed out while watching a film with john cleese in it at the cinema. Clockwork? Clockwise? Something. Anyway he has to be somewhere for something and everything keeps going wrong which is a fine premise for a film I suppose but it was a bit too effective on me, I can still remember now it was a very unpleasant viewing experience!

OmnipotentQueenOfTheUniverse Fri 26-Dec-14 18:10:13

not seen cheaper by the dozen, I think I got confused with the dirty dozen bu the opening post made me realise that I was on the wrong track grin

GothMummy Fri 26-Dec-14 18:11:32

Oh I love Clockwise! Its so funny.

BertieBotts Fri 26-Dec-14 18:12:59

I love cheaper by the dozen! I love anything with big families in, makes me want one even though I would die of stress in RL

FriteFuaite Fri 26-Dec-14 18:17:01

I hate it, too. I wasn't a fan of Clockwise, either, made me very anxious!

Then again, when I was a child Mr Magoo freaked me out, get new glasses or wear the ones you have but stop bumbling into everything and speaking to water pumps, you bumbling bastard angry

It really stressed me out and I had to repeat to myself, it's only a cartoon, not real life grin

SilenceOfTheSAHMs Fri 26-Dec-14 18:48:40

Frite yes, I have to do a little reality check too! grin

Its not that I'm of a sensitive disposition or am overly anxious, but certain films just ooze stress and hassle to me, which having 2 DS's 4&13 and a preteen DSD resident here gives me enough of!

SantaBanta Fri 26-Dec-14 19:25:51

Cbtd2 was my zone-out when I had PND. Loved the scenery, the idea of being on holiday by the lake, the whole lot. Indescribably silly story line, but it filled in a couple of stressful hours every day when I felt very low, and I'd snuggle down with my new babe, and a cosy blanket. Still watch it now from time to time.

AwfulBeryl Fri 26-Dec-14 19:28:19

I haven't seen clockwise but it sounds like the sort of thing that would make me angry and anxious.
I even find meet the fockers hard to watch, the inevitable mad cap disasters really put me on edge. There was a British tv show, possibly with Rob Brydon in it, the worst day of my life or something like that, it drove me crazy.

GerbilsAteMyCat Fri 26-Dec-14 19:33:29

The original Cheaper by the Dozen books and films and the mother
are fantastic.
The new version with Steve Martin, not so much...

AwfulBeryl Fri 26-Dec-14 20:08:55

Gosh, what an incredible woman. How on earth did she find the time to do everything.

SilenceOfTheSAHMs Fri 26-Dec-14 20:09:16

Beryl yes, it had Ben Miller in it too. I saw the Christmas special of it a good few years ago and it just did my head in!

We have just watched Elf and are now watching Wallace & Gromit smile

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