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Release Date:
25 December 2003 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This Christmas The More... The Scarier! See more »
Plot:
With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Only something like the original See more (285 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Shawn Levy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. (novel "Cheaper by the Dozen") (as Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr.) and
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (novel "Cheaper by the Dozen")

Craig Titley (screen story)

Sam Harper (screenplay) and
Joel Cohen (screenplay) &
Alec Sokolow (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Barnathan .... producer
Dustin Bernard .... line producer
Carrie Brody .... assistant producer
Ben Myron .... producer
Ira Shuman .... co-producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Aaron Wilder .... development executive
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Brown 
 
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
 
Production Design by
Nina Ruscio 
 
Art Direction by
Scott Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
 
Costume Design by
Sanja Milkovic Hays 
 
Makeup Department
Jody Burton .... hair stylist
Frank Griffin .... hair stylist: Steve Martin (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Steve Martin (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... makeup artist
Norma Lee .... hair stylist
Richard Lipinski .... hair stylist: Bonnie Hunt
Lydia Milars .... makeup department head
Patricia Miller .... key hair stylist
Ned Neidhardt .... additional makeup artist
Douglas Noe .... key makeup artist
Karen Scales .... makeup artist: Bonnie Hunt (as Karen J. Scales)
 
Production Management
Dustin Bernard .... unit production manager
Demetra Diamantopoulos .... production supervisor
Nikki Taylor .... assistant production manager
Patrick Esposito .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director: Chicago second unit
John Pontrelli .... second second assistant director
Brian Relyea .... second assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Will Batts .... set designer
Richard Baum .... set dresser: Northern California
Matt Callahan .... buyer
Susan Chooljian .... art department coordinator
Doug Crawford .... propmaker
Shannon Curfman .... lead person (as Shannon Curfman-Dayan)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Neil Gahm .... propmaker
Stephanie Gilliam .... set designer
Mark Haber .... set designer
Dale Haugo .... scenic artist: Northern California
Gabriel Higgins .... property master
Allyson Hollingsworth .... art assistant
Sean House .... set dresser: Northern California
Matthew C. Kime .... assistant property master
Jim Krase .... foreman
William F. Matthews .... set designer
Jeffrey McMahon .... construction foreman
Tony Miller .... lead plaster foreman
Kris Nagle .... welder foreman
Roderick Nunnally .... paint supervisor
Steven O'Bannon .... labor foreman
Ron D. Peake .... welder gangboss
Jason Puga .... painter
Steve Roll .... propmaker
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator
David Scott .... graphic designer
Jonathan Woods .... storyboard artist
Anthony Aguilar .... propmaker (uncredited)
Michael Grover Forster .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Teresa Raschilla .... painter (uncredited)
Ilya Seperich .... additional props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Marc Deschaine .... adr assistant
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Kevin Globerman .... digital recordist
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Aaron J. Green .... post sound services
Michael Hoffman .... sound mixer: B unit
Jason Johnston .... cable person
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim McColm .... re-recording engineer
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue supervisor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Michael Payne .... sound effects editor
Thomas A. Payne .... boom operator
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert DeVine .... special effects technician: stunt frog puppet
Franco Goss .... specialty props
David P. Kelsey .... special effects director (as David Kelsey)
John Poulter .... special effects technician
Keith Suzuki .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Hopkins .... 3D artist
Heather Ignarro .... production coordinator
Ken Locsmandi .... animator/modeler
Robert Nall .... digital artist
Roger Nall .... digital effects artist: 11:11 MediaWorks
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Rich Thorne .... production executive
Tommy Tran .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Joe Childs .... utility stunts
Sophia Crawford .... utility stunts
John Dixon .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunt rigger
Michael Hugghins .... stunts
Gita Isak .... stunts
Brandon Molale .... stunt actor
Michael Munoz .... stunt double: kid
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Rowbie Orsatti .... stunts
Clark Tucker .... stunt double: Wayne Knight
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Asidilla .... dolly grip
Danny Barfield .... best boy grip
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera
John Bratlien .... rigging electrician
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera
Henry Cantor .... electrician
Damon Doherty .... key rigging grip
Tulio Duenas .... film loader
Adam Harrison .... electrician
Jay M. Huntoon .... digital video assist operator
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Elizabeth Miller .... second assistant camera (as Elizabeth Smith)
Juan Morse .... electrician
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer
Brian W. Nordheim .... b camera / steadicam operator
Paul Plannette .... first assistant camera
Landon Ruddel .... grip
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip
Mark Sadler .... set lighting
Ronald Schlueter .... video assist
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jorge Sánchez .... assistant camera
Sam Urdank .... still photographer
Andy Young .... best boy rigging grip
 
Casting Department
Justine Hempe .... casting associate
Sharon D. King .... extras casting: local
Terri Kinney .... extras casting
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Tony Rasmussen .... extras casting
Bryan Riley .... casting assistant
Jacquie Schmall .... extras casting
Tim Sullivan .... extras casting
Randi Acton .... extras casting (uncredited)
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Magnin .... costume assistant
Lawrence Quon .... set costumer
Lani Reynolds .... costumer: Bonnie Hunt
Irena Stepic .... key costumer
Don Vargas .... costumer: Steve Martin
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Alexander Garcia .... assistant editor
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Lonnie A. Mathes .... post-production assistant
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
George Missor .... epk assistant editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Brad E. Wilhite .... first assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Nadav Streett .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Celeste Chada .... music licensing
Mike Deasy .... musician
George Doering .... musician
Hilary Duff .... music crew
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Andrew Kaiser .... composer: additional music
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Mike Nowak .... conductor
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Ceiri Torjussen .... orchestrator
Jojo Villanueva .... music coordinator
Terry Wilson .... music editor
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lewis Burnett .... driver: honeywagon
Margo Hunt .... driver
Ron Kunecke .... transportation captain
William Lubin .... driver
Rhonda Martin .... transportation office coordinator
Joe Vanis .... transportation coordinator
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Bonnie Yamahiro .... driver
 
Other crew
Kyle Alexander .... assistant location manager
Valentina Aulisi .... assistant: Steve Martin
Paul Belenardo .... production accountant
Allan Bragg .... stand-in: Steve Martin
Carrie Brody .... assistant production coordinator
Starr Buttler .... production assistant
Tim Clark .... production secretary
Mike Crotty .... production assistant
Heather Deaton .... assistant: Robert Simonds
Diane Durant .... script supervisor
Glen Evans .... production assistant
Heidi Falconer .... publicist
Mary-Rachel Foot .... stand-in
Michael Franck .... aerial coordinator
Josh Geller .... set production assistant
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Rhona Gordon .... studio teacher
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant
Jeffrey Harris .... assistant post-production accountant
Sue Jennings .... production coordinator
Nicki Johnson .... assistant coordinator
June Jordan .... stand-in
Greg Kappy .... assistant location manager
Mark Kelly .... production secretary
Christian Krieger .... assistant location manager
Stephen Mapel .... location manager
Gordon T. Martin .... tow generator operator
Jerie McBride .... studio teacher
Joe Morganella .... production assistant
Alexander Nicolas .... marketing
Kevin O'Neil .... production assistant
Gene A. Roepke .... assistant: Shawn Levy
Troy Rowland .... acting coach
Karen Shane .... second assistant accountant
David Simmer .... assistant: Ben Myron
B.J. Smith .... medic
Rick S. Sulier .... post-production accountant
Karla Torres .... production assistant
Ilene Waterstone .... executive assistant: Steve Martin
Paige Wilbanks .... production assistant
Marijan Zoric .... chef
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Paul Sarran .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Donna Tegan .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and some thematic elements
Runtime:
98 min | Germany:94 min (DVD version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the part where they catch the frog. A Homer Simpson lunchbox could be seen when the lunchboxs falls down.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the overhead shot of the Bakers first arriving at the house in Evanston, Tom has his arm around Kate's shoulders and Kate's arm is across Tom's back. In the next shot, both Kate's and Tom's arms are at their sides.See more »
Quotes:
Hank:[with passion] Every once in a while, I carve a pumpkin with a knife made of lollipop sticks...
Nora:[talking on the phone] It totally sucks!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rockin' Around the Christmas TreeSee more »

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Only something like the original, 18 April 2004
Author: suessis

There is some resemblance to the original movie in this film (as well as some elements borrowed from the sequel "Belles on their Toes"). The writers did include various ideas such as the move for the father's job, the family council, the father being offered the opportunity of his dreams, the father being a somewhat eccentric and unusual character, the mother being the calm one, etc. It also borrows just as much from sixties family comedies such as "Yours, Mine, and Ours" (i.e. the son that feels left out in the family group, the older brother who give "cool" advice to the younger ones, the kids trying to "sabotage" various events, etc.).

This version lacks something that the original one had. The original moved along with the pace of the changes in the family's life as normal life does. It also seemed to capture better the idea of trying to raise such a large group of children and the sacrifices and choices one has to make. There is also some semblance of what it is like to be a child in this family by keeping that focus on only one of the children, while still giving us glimpses of what the other ones are like.

The film, however, seemed to be more of a showcase for the comedic talents of Steven Martin than anything else. It also didn't move along in the same way that the original making the story somewhat unsatisfying.

Frank Gilbreth never lost the idea that his family was the most important thing where as Steve Martin's character has to be brought back into the fold. It is understandable that he would want something for himself, but to get him to the point where he sees his children as a burden and a liability is a problem. Thankfully in the end he comes back to being a part of his family, but the fact that he had to be causes the story to loose some of its charm.

The thing that made Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth want to write about their family was the joy that they knew in living in it despite the trials and tribulations. In this version of their story the joy seems to be lost and has to be recaptured. The director and writer are lucky enough that at least a little bit does.

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