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Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen

Shawn Levy (2003)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A large family moves to a new town, hoping for a fresh start - but nothing goes according to plan, and the unlucky dad ends up in charge of his 12 rowdy children while his wife goes on a promotional book tour. Remake of the 1950 comedy, starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling and Hilary Duff.

Cast & 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
Hank Ashton Kutcher
Director Shawn Levy
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Some swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 13 Feb 2004

Comedy Childrens

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