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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:


The Bakers, a family of 14, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker gets his dream job to coach his alma mater's football team. Meanwhile, his wife also gets her dream of getting her book published. While she's away promoting the book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in order while at the same time coaching his football team, as the once happy family starts falling apart. Written by Anonymous

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Growing pains? They've got twelve of them! See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Dutzend billiger  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,557,647 (USA) (26 December 2003)


$138,614,544 (USA) (4 June 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Oprah Winfrey" TV crew is the cast from Ashton Kutcher's show Punk'd (2003). See more »


At the start of the film when Kim and Jessica run down the hall holding hands, Jessica glances up at the camera. See more »


Kate: [seeing Nora making out with Hank on the couch in front of the family] Nora, sweetie, want to help me in the kitchen?
[after Nora doesn't respond, she claps]
[Nora breaks away from Hank]
Kate: Yeah, uh huh.
Kate: Wanna help me in the kitchen? Get a pie, look at a picture of Grandma, say the rosary. Come on, kids. Here we go. Everybody out.
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Crazy Credits

Over the first part of the credits, we see outtakes. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #4.5 (2005) See more »


People Come Together
Music by Marc Costanzo (as M. Costanzo)
Lyrics by Marc Costanzo (as M. Costanzo) / Philip Rae (as P. Rae) / Divine Styler (as M. Safiyullah) / M. Wilson / Sharon Costanzo (as S. Costanzo) / Jim Post (as J. Post) / Phife Dawg (as M. Taylor) / Q-Tip (as K. Fareed) / Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as A. Muhammed) / Ronnie Foster (as R. Foster)
Performed by Len
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada/DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(Contains a sample of "Reach Out of the Darkness"
Written by Jim Post (as J. Post)
Performed by Friend and Lover
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Also contains a sample of "Electric Relaxation"
Written by Phife Dawg (as M. Taylor), Q-Tip (as K. Fareed), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as A. Muhammed)
Performed by A Tribe Called Quest
Also contains a sample of "Mystic Brew"
Written and Performed by Ronnie Foster (as R. Foster)
Courtesy of Jive Records
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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Better Title: Cheaper to Make Because We Use a Dozen Commercials
19 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this G-d awful film (note: to enjoy this film a legal adult must either be brain-dead or intoxicated to the point of alcohol-induced blood poisoning), former humorist Steve Martin (he's not the least bit funny) plays a dad of 12 kids that do not look remotely like one another. Nor do any of them look like either of their space-alien parents. Dad gets his "dream job" as head football coach of his alma-mater and moves from your average farmhouse in Wisconsin (located somewhere in Canada) into a multi-million dollar mansion of a Chicago (also in Canada) suburb in a parallel universe. On this planet neighbor children don't look remotely like their parents either so it must be normal to mate with gorillas, donkeys, and farm animals in general. The everyday life shown to those duped into paying to watch this rubbish is shown. Such enormously "funny" lines as (paraphrasing): "I just Turtle-waxed my Chrysler LeBaron MXV Convertible", "Can you pass me the Kellogg's Special K cereal?", the Bekins moving van, "I don't have enough Kodak film for my Canon LRBB 35-mm camera" and so forth wanted to make me puke. Instead, I puked into the popcorn of the couple sitting next to me. But the absolute best part of this waste of Kodak XCVUYMX Wide-Screen Type R movie film are the two cameo appearances of the Motorola RSX boom microphone. Apparently the editors missed that part. Perhaps they were too busy counting their money from all the hundreds of product sponsors of this film to notice? For absolutely everyone on this planet - there is hope that we too could do, at a bare minimum, a better job of acting as well as writing than this bunch.

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