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 collegeSee more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0024543455080
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by director Shawn Levy; Full-length audio commentary by the Baker Kids; Deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary; "Director's Viewfinder" featurette & more!

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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

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Cheaper by the Dozen: Full Screen Version
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 Alien 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 [7:21]
25. A Different Drum [1:11]
26. We Love the Coach [2:13]
27. Twelve Is Still Our Number [1:35]
28. End Titles [6:48]
Disc #1, Side B -- Cheaper by the Dozen: Widescreen
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 Alien 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 [7:21]
25. A Different Drum [1:11]
26. We Love the Coach [2:13]
27. Twelve Is Still Our Number [1:35]
28. End Titles [6:48]

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