Cheaper by the Dozen

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Cheaper by the Dozen is a 2003 American family comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. The film was released on December 25, 2003 by 20th Century Fox to negative reviews, but was a box-office success, ultimately grossing just over $190 million worldwide.


Tom and Kate Baker have compromised their careers to raise 12 children. Tom coaches a high-school football team, while Kate has retired from journalism to raise the family. Things change when Tom is offered a college coaching job in a new city at the same time a publisher buys Kate's parenting memoir. After moving, Kate goes on a book tour, leaving Tom in charge of the children, who is already unhappy about relocating, plunges the household into chaos.

Why It Sucks

  1. This film is an insulting remake of the 1950 film of the same name.
  2. A lot of the jokes are a misfire, some of which are incredibly inappropriate for a family film.
  3. The Baker kids can be annoying, disobedient, immature, unruly, and selfish.
    • They abuse their parents, and oldest sister Nora's boyfriend, throughout the movie.
  4. The message this movie tries to say is that when the going gets tough, you just give up your dreams.
  5. The majority of the film was Mark Baker getting constantly neglected and verbally-abused by his family.
  6. The plots tone has a some inconsistencies. For example, there’s one scene that’s supposed to show Tom losing control and the kids lives getting worse while Kate is gone. But once or twice in the montage it shows things going great, the kids having fun, and Tom appears to even have control.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. At least the family tries to fix things up, like when Mark runs away and Tom find him on the train.
  2. The kid actors are actually really good, which is a really uncommon thing in these kinds of films.
  3. Few funny jokes here and there.

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