Cheaper by the Dozen


Cheaper by the Dozen

Critics Consensus

In this family of twelve children, much chaos ensues, but little hilarity.



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In modern America, where the average family has 1.87 children, Tom Baker and wife Kate have decided that life is better--if not cheaper--by the dozen. The Bakers live in a small Illinois town where Tom coaches the local college football team. The family's day-to-day life is marked by equal parts love and chaos... pet-frog-landing-in-the-breakfast eggs type of chaos. When Tom is offered his dream job--coaching a squad at a large university--he and Kate uproot the family, much to the displeasure of all 12 children. At the same time, Kate learns that her memoirs are about to be published. Her agent whisks her away to New York to promote the book, leaving Tom home alone to handle the increasingly unhappy and hectic household, as well as his demanding new job. With all hell breaking loose at home, Kate on the road, and Tom's job on the line, the Baker family ultimately chooses not to have it all, but to love what they do have.


Steve Martin
as Tom Baker
Bonnie Hunt
as Kate Baker
Piper Perabo
as Nora Baker
Tom Welling
as Charlie Baker
Hilary Duff
as Lorraine Baker
Kevin G. Schmidt
as Henry Baker
Alyson Stoner
as Sarah Baker
Jacob Smith
as Jake Baker
Liliana Mumy
as Jessica Baker
Morgan York
as Kim Baker
Forrest Landis
as Mark Baker
Blake Woodruff
as Mike Baker
Brent Kinsman
as Nigel Baker
Shane Kinsman
as Kyle Baker
Holmes Osborne
as Nick Gerhard
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Diana Philips
Rex Linn
as Coach Bricker
Wayne Knight
as Handyman (uncredited)
David Kelsey
as Assistant Coach
Dax Shepard
as Camera Crew Member
Elon Gold
as Camera Crew Member No. 2
Julie Kay Araskog
as Radio Talk Show Host
Antonio de la Vega
as Police Officer
David Bowe
as TV Interviewer
Kevin Carey
as Reporter No. 2
Ossie Mair
as Cabbie
Amy Hill
as Miss Hozzie
Ted Rooney
as Principal
Shawn Levy
as Press Room Reporter
Kelly Ripa
as Herself
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  • Apr 22, 2012
    its really cliched and is not a real premise, not to mention really over done gags and cuteness as the primise, but for the most part, its not bad, its just not interesting for me. its more for kids who watch disney channel the for adults. at least they have something for them to focus on. i found steve martin to be funny, at time, and just out of it. its too much slapstick and is simply the plot. its more nip picking for kids, but thats not saying much. C-
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Feel good film. A definite comedy classic that will have you laughing your pants off.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    I always liked this film, it's good family entertainment. The practicality of it is very unbalanced. It's pretty realistic as far as the kids go as they come in all stripes, the rebellious teens, the snobby smart little girls, the one with the "dark gift", and even two sets of twins. Yet all of that is surrounded by parents (played otherwise very well by Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt) who are too busy in their childhood/college days fantasy world to care for all of them which turns the whole film unreasonably melodramatic. However, this movie will always get a positive rating from me due to the lovable cast of stars and scenes of big laughs, including Ashton Kutcher wearing meaty underwear and getting attacked by dogs.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    Ok but it's predictable and most of the laughs are silly and nothing new.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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