Cheaper by the Dozen


Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)


Critic 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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Cheaper by the Dozen

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (32)

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.

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

It's not just a feel-good holiday movie, though audiences, especially youngsters, will certainly walk out of it feeling good.

Dec 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a movie that knows its audience and realizes it doesn't need much of a story to hit that audience, literally, where it lives.

Dec 25, 2003 | Full Review…

Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunch of kids to play the young Bakers.

Dec 25, 2003 | Full Review…

So calculatedly cast with popular kid stars that it seems a focus group was guiding all the choices.

Dec 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
USA Today
Top Critic

We are not only asked to find the barbarian Baker brood a model of familial loyalty and unconditional devotion, we're also asked to regard with contempt everyone else who does not share the Bakers' unbridled consumerist anarchy.

Dec 25, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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
Dead Angel

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Kind of stupid.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Yes okay a simplistic and enjoyable movie that is vaguely amusing. No idea why anyone on earth would want that amount of children but okay.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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