Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

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Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Shawn Levy, Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo


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Shawn Levy directs the family-oriented comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, a loose remake of the 1950 film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, which was itself based on a novel. Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt) have made many sacrifices in their professional lives in order to raise their 12 children. When Tom is offered a job as a Division I college


Shawn Levy directs the family-oriented comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, a loose remake of the 1950 film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy, which was itself based on a novel. Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate Baker (Bonnie Hunt) have made many sacrifices in their professional lives in order to raise their 12 children. When Tom is offered a job as a Division I college football coach, he moves the entire pack to a suburb of Chicago. This move shakes up the whole family, especially when Kate's memoirs get published and she takes off on a book tour. The lack of parental guidance creates problems for all the Baker kids, particularly handsome jock Charlie (Tom Welling), fashion plate Lorraine (Hilary Duff), and grown child Nora (Piper Perabo). Ashton Kucher stars in a cameo role as Nora's actor boyfriend, Hank.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
You can't really call Cheaper by the Dozen a remake. All this film has in common with the 1950 family classic is the title, the 12 children, and the fact that both films are in color. Consider the portrayals of the two fathers: The original's Frank Gilbreth (Clifton Webb) was an efficiency expert who ran his household with a precise and authoritative hand; Tom Baker (Steve Martin), meanwhile, is predictably bumbling and overwhelmed when left in charge when his author wife, Mary (Bonnie Hunt), departs for a book tour -- at a bad time. The family is experiencing a rocky transition after moving from their small town to a prominent college, where alumnus Martin has been has installed as the new football coach. You'd think a coach would have instilled discipline in his household. You might also think his kids would rally around their dad as he pursues his dream job, but this undisciplined bunch terrorizes babysitters and even spreads their chaos next- door to the snobby neighbors. There are the inevitable tugs at the heartstrings, as the standard-issue misfit son (teasingly called Fed-Ex by his siblings) runs away, and the increasingly estranged mom and dad learn that they cannot have it all. One of 2003's bigger box office hits, Cheaper by the Dozen is the cinematic equivalent of comfort television. There is nary a believable moment (Steve Martin as a football coach?), but it cruises along on the immense likeability of its leads, the antics of their wisecracking cinematic brood, including attractive teen favorites Hilary Duff and Tom Welling (Smallville). There's also some delight in seeing Ashton Kutcher as a conceited actor -- eldest daughter Nora's (Piper Perabo) boyfriend -- who gets his eagerly anticipated comeuppance from these children of the corn.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Director Shawn Levy and much of the ''Cheaper'' team come from [Ashton Kutcher]'s 2003 movie Just Married; clearly Kutcher's at home with these dudes, free to pull a Punk'd -- on himself.

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20th Century Fox
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Sneak peek at Cheaper by the Dozen 2; 6 never-before-seen deleted/extended scenes; 4 all-new featurettes; Storyboard-to-screen comparisons; Surprise easter egg; Audio commentary by director Shawn Levy; Audio commentary by the Baker kids; More deleted/extended scenes; "Director's viewfinder" featurette (extended version)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Tom Baker
Bonnie Hunt Kate Baker
Piper Perabo Nora Baker
Tom Welling Charlie Baker
Hilary Duff Lorraine Baker
Kevin Schmidt Henry Baker
Alyson Stoner Sarah Baker
Jacob Smith Jake Baker
Liliana Mumy Jessica Baker
Morgan York Kim Baker
Forrest Landis Mark Baker
Blake Woodruff Mike Baker
Brent Kinsman Kyle Baker
Shane Kinsman Nigel Baker
Paula Marshall Actor
Steven Anthony Lawrence Actor
Alan Ruck Actor
Richard Jenkins Actor
Regis Philbin Actor
Kelly Ripa Actor
Ashton Kutcher Hank

Technical Credits
Shawn Levy Director
Michael Barnathan Producer
Will Batts Set Decoration/Design
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Jonathan Brown Cinematographer
Joel Cohen Screenwriter
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
George Folsey Editor
Stephanie Gilliam Set Decoration/Design
Mark Haber Set Decoration/Design
Sam Harper Screenwriter
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Nancy Klopper Casting
William Matthews Set Decoration/Design
Scott Meehan Art Director
Ben Myron Producer
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Nina Ruscio Production Designer
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
Ira Shuman Co-producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Alec Sokolow Screenwriter
Craig Titley Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cheaper by the Dozen
1. Twelve Is Our Number (Main Titles) [4:54]
2. Managing Chaos [3:38]
3. Breakfast With Beans [4:03]
4. Shake's Offer [3:17]
5. We're Not Moving! [3:39]
6. Moving Day [1:31]
7. A New Home [2:22]
8. The Neighbors [3:13]
9. Day 14 on the Allen Planet [2:10]
10. Kate's Big News [2:25]
11. Help From Nora [2:27]
12. Heads Up, Hank [7:42]
13. Funny, But Wrong [3:03]
14. First Day of School [2:09]
15. Dad in Charge [4:46]
16. Looking for Backup [2:08]
17. Missing Midland [4:47]
18. Coaching Two Teams [5:28]
19. Panic at the Party [3:32]
20. The Tour's Over [4:28]
21. Charlie's Choice [3:19]
22. An Ultimatum [2:39]
23. One Big, Happy Family [1:35]
24. Looking for Mark [7:18]
25. A Different Dream [:03]
26. We Love the Coach [1:11]
27. Twelve Is Still Our Number [2:13]
28. End Titles [1:35]


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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a family movie! I took my 7 year old son and 8 year old daughter to see it and they did not move. If you only see one family movie a year - this one is it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movie in the whole wide world. Im going to buy the movie when it comes out on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think taht this was the most entertainign movie that i've seen all year. It's funny without being innopropreate.(believe me, it's hard to find movies like that.) it's definately something for the family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really rocks!!! Awesome!!! Hilarious!!! Cool!!! Great!!! Brilliant!!! Entertaining!!! This is the family movie of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the best my whole family loved it. This is a grate family film
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a really great movie. It is the perfect home movie. I think that those people who say that this is a bad Brady Bunch episode with way to many kids are sadly mistaken. This is a must see for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best best best movie ever i owned it the 1st or 2nd day it is the best family movie ever and i know what it is like to have 12 kids in your family well i have 11 brothers and sisters it is great because everyone in my family loved it. I have a sister about Nora age and i am 12 my mom had 2 sets of twim instead of fraturnal twins thank you so much for makeing this movie it is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie. When i first saw this movie i loved it. I bought this movie 4 days after i saw it. It is fun, entertaining, hilarious and great film. Steve martin and Bonnie Hunt do a wonderful job in this film so does the rest of the actors in this film. It teaches about family and things that a family goes through. It taught and showed me what is like when parents have 12 children. I recommed this movie to everyone young or old. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie ever my whole family loved it i have 3 sisters and 1 baby brother and well my mom dad and sisters loved it soooooooooo much we own it now we have owned it since the 2nd day it came out on dvd so thank you soooooooooooo much for making this movie it is the best movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie titled 'CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN' is one of my all time favorite movie. I remeber when I went to go see this on MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY. I thought STEEVE MARTIN did an exellent job on this movie. I would highly recommend this movie in my library & it's definitly evan better then 'LEAP OF FAITH'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cheaper by the Dozen needs improvement, to be more like the Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) and the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I saw it in theatres and I loved it. Some bits were so funny and I mainly saw it because of Hilary Duff! Hilary was great in the movie and my little brother was laughing so hard. Great movie. A (8/10)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone will LOVE this movie! I laughed and laughed and laughed! Hilary Duff made this movie EXTREMELY FUNNY! HA HA! THis will keep little kids and adults entertained and on there backs laughing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cheaper by the Dozen was a really fun movie to watch. The actors acting out all 12 children couldn’t have been better. They all captivated the ways a real child their age would act and that made the movie grand. You’ll also get a kick out of the things these children do! Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt were really impressive too. I liked the story line and thought that a real child’s life in any family could go through a similar situation. Overall, the movie was really cute and everyone should think about seeing it just once. Prepare to be surprised! They use a sister as a human dartboard. And the darts aren’t plastic if you were wondering!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Cheaper by the Dozen was a very good movie. It shows many aspects of a real family. No family is perfect, but that's what makes a real family. You all make your mistakes, but you learn from them. The cast and crew were awesome!! I really love Alyson Stoner. She is an amazing friend. I really love being her friend. She did a really good job in it. I also love her part in the awesome sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Overall, I think the movie is recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comlete family fun! Do I need say more?
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