Cheaper by the Dozen

  • PG
  • Shawn Levy (2003)
  • US
  • 94 min
Cheaper by the Dozen
Film Review
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2 out of 5

It is one of the unwritten rules of making a family film that it should not condescend to its target audience, especially the younger members. Cheaper by the Dozen does it in spades - with an impunity guaranteed by featuring a big star (Steve Martin). It's basically an over-extended sitcom that owes little allegiance to the original book or the delightful 1950 comedy starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. Here the weight of the humour is dumped on Martin, who plays father of 12 children, Tom Baker. When his author wife, Kate (Bonnie Hunt), is called away for a book launch, he has to cope with a dozen unruly offspring as well as the pressures of a demanding new job in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. It's all very amiable, but the jokes are pretty thin and, let's face it, contraception could have remedied all the Bakers' problems.

Plot Summary

Remake of the 1950 family comedy, starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. Life is sweet for married small-town American football coach Tom Baker and his 12 children. But when a book launch calls Tom's author wife Kate away from the roost, the family foundations look set to crumble quickly into chaos.

Cast and crew


Tom Baker
Steve Martin
Kate Baker
Bonnie Hunt
Nora Baker
Piper Perabo
Charlie Baker
Tom Welling
Lorraine Baker
Hilary Duff
Henry Baker
Kevin G Schmidt
Sarah Baker
Alyson Stoner
Jake Baker
Jacob Smith
Jessica Baker
Liliana Mumy
Kim Baker
Morgan York
Mark Baker
Forrest Landis
Ashton Kutcher


Shawn Levy

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 13 Feb 2004
Certificate PG