Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

Cheaper by the Dozen


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This comedy-drama, based on the Gilbreth-Carey novel, presents episodes from the life of the Gilbreth family. Much of the story focuses on the father of the 12 children. The children deal with the changing times and their old-fashioned dad. Despite their differences, the family remains close-knit even after tragedy strikes.

Rating: PG (Language and Some Thematic Elements)
Genre: Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lamar Trotti
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2004



as Frank Bunker Gilbret...

as Lillian Gilbreth

as Ann Gilbreth

as Libby

as Ernestine

as Mrs. Mebane

as Dr. Burton

as Mrs. Monahan

as Fred Gilbreth

as Jack Gilbreth

as Frank Gilbreth Jr.

as Lillie Gilbreth

as William Gilbreth

as Dan Gilbreth

as Mary Gilbreth

as Martha Gilbreath

as School Principal

as Higgins

as Tom Black

as Jim Bracken

as Mrs. Benson

as Plumber

as Joe Scales

as Plumber

as Mailman

as Music teacher

as Libby Lancaster
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Critic Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the most popular films of 1950, this comedy stars Clifton Webb in one of his best known parts.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013

Old-fashioned upbeat family comedy with sad ending.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Common Sense Media

A film rich in turn of the century atmosphere. And family values times 12.

October 26, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

There's a lot to be said about a family with 12 kids but this film doesn't do any of them justice.

Full Review… | August 24, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen

The original "Cheaper by the Dozen" is based on the autobiography of the real Gilbreth clan, who lived in early 20th century New England. The film is queerly obsessed with the olden days, and how great they were. Headed by patriarch Frank (Webb) the family of twelve moves to another state, gets a big house, and shenanigans ensue. Tonsils are removed, makeup and heels are denigrated, there's a school dance, and a dog somehow takes residence in the home. Webb's character is supposed to be wacky yet strict, but he comes off as a loudmouth sexist. His often slut shames his daughter (Crain) who is just trying to be a normal teenage girl. He talks a lot about the virtues of marriage, the inefficiency of others, and his own warped, often outdated views, on a plethora of other subjects. I understand that this may have been the tone of family life in the twenties, but language such as this has no bearing on a family film in the early fifties. Frank is always trying to show how efficient he can make certain processes, but in the midst of it he often talks down to people and basically insults everyone's intelligence. It's a film that tries to be sweet natured, but Webb's dialogue comes off like a mean girl lecturing on morality. It comes off as fake and twisted, tarnishing any family value it tries to exact.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


An interesting family drama/comedy based on a real family, but it gets boring after a while, it could've been better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

not as good as the newer one

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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