Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for language and some thematic elements)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Sam Harper, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2004
Box Office: $138.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


as Tom Baker

as Kate Baker

as Nora Baker

as Charlie Baker

as Lorraine Baker

as Henry Baker

as Henry Baker

as Sarah Baker

as Jake Baker

as Jessica Baker

as Kim Baker

as Mark Baker

as Mike Baker

as Nigel Baker

as Kyle Baker

as Nick Gerhard

as Diana Philips

as Coach Bricker

as Handyman (uncredited...

as Assistant Coach

as Camera Crew Member

as Camera Crew Member N...

as Quinn

as Radio Talk Show Host

as Police Officer

as TV Interviewer

as Reporter No. 2

as Cabbie

as Miss Hozzie

as Principal

as Press Room Reporter

as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (33)

Levy directs what amounts to an almost plotless - and entirely pointless - slice of controlled chaos as if it were an expensive pilot for a TV sitcom.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Remake bears no resemblance to the 1950 original.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

What a lovely surprise: beyond the gloss of this formulaic Hollywood comedy about the importance of family, lies a heart-felt and hilarious treasure chest filled with home truths.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

The children (including creepy Hilary Duff) are 12 shades of dreadful.

Full Review… | January 27, 2007

Good comedy is derived from the characters, but this film doesn't establish its characters well enough to be effective on that level.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Laramie Movie Scope

It's not that Cheaper by the Dozen is awful. Worse than that, it's just plain dull.

Full Review… | June 27, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen

It looks so fun to have a huge family! It was predictable but not bad. Hilary looked good as usual.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


Kind of stupid.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Feel good film. A definite comedy classic that will have you laughing your pants off.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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