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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) Poster

Goofs

Boom mic visible 

In the original movie release, the boom mic is shown at least six times during the whole film. When it reached TV and video the errors were gone.
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Character error 

The dad requests a babysitter for twelve children, although four of his kids are much too old to need a babysitter.
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When Dylan is being wheeled out of the hospital, Tina accidentally runs into the wall as the gurney passes through a doorway.
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At the start of the film when Kim and Jessica run down the hall holding hands, Jessica glances up at the camera.
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Kate's publishing friend is named Diane. But she is credited as "Diana Philips".
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Continuity 

When Kate hugs Mark at the train station, her sunglasses fall off the top of her head, but in the next shot her glasses are neatly back up on her head.
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As the kids are pulling the hose to trip Hank, right before he falls his hair and shirt are already wet from previous takes.
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When Sarah grabs a handful of meat from the kitchen she is wearing a purple shirt, a moment later when Jake also grabs some meat he is wearing a red shirt. Both Sarah and Jake are wearing different shirts in the basement when the kids are soaking the underwear.
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The egg on Tom's chin at the first breakfast disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Sara throws Mike's athletic cup, the spaghetti sauce makes a splash on the pot behind it, but in the next shot, there is no spaghetti sauce on the pot.
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When Kate is passing out toast, Kim catches a piece twice without having one on her plate the second time.
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After the kids are grounded, there is an overhead shot of Mark laying in bed. In this shot Mark's glasses are nowhere to be seen, but when he rolls over and looks at the photo of him and Kate, his glasses are in front of the photo.
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When Kate returns home, Lorraine and the younger sisters goes out to greet her. Lorraine tells Kate about Charlie, she is wearing a beige outer clothing with her left hand clutching it. When they enter the house in the next shot, she is wearing pink.
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When Hank is falling into the pool of water he drops the apple, but in the next shot is still holding it.
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After Tom decides to give-up coaching the Stallions, while he is walking on the field, we see his shoes next to a line on the grass. But then in the next shot, he is no where near the line at all.
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When Nora's boyfriend Hank struts into the Baker yard, we see him remove his left glove and arrogantly snap it. In the next shot, the glove is back on his left hand.
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When Nora is telling Hank that it would be fun to babysit, he throws down his pen and paper twice.
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When Charlie goes to look at his picture of Beth he drops his pen on a book on his bed, but when he puts the picture back, he picks up a pen from a book on his lap.
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At the end when the family runs across the field to coach Baker, Charlie picks up one twin in each arm. In the next shot he picks up one twin again, but doesn't pick the other one up.
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When Dylan gets up after the chandelier crash, his parents begin to take off his helmet and safety pads; however, he is clearly rolled out the door still on skates and has an elbow pad on his right arm. In the next shot, we see the Shenks walking down the street, and neither the skates nor the pad are anywhere to be seen.
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After Dylan and Tom fall off the chandelier, Jake throws one of Dylan's shoes to his dad. However, in the next scene when you see his dad, he has both shoes even though Jake only threw one.
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After the kids vote to move, Tom is lying on the bed reading them out to Kate. There are 14 votes and only 11 of the kids voted.
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Near the end of the movie, when Tom goes to Shake to resign, the football in the display case over his left shoulder moves from being at an angle to horizontal between shots.
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When Kate drives away in the cab, you can see the Baker's purple turtle-top van parked a few houses down from their own.
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When Gunner is running under the table to get Hank, we see Henry and Jake' shoes, but in the next shot Henry and Jake are just coming in to sit down.
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When Kate tells Tom that Mark is gone, she isn't holding Mark's note. But in the next shot, she is.
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Before the kids get into a fight at school, Mike knocks down one of the bully's lattes. The drink falls to the ground. In the next shot, Mike takes the bully down to the dirt and the latte isn't on the ground any more.
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When running down the field to greet the father, the relative positions of the family members is different in the overhead shot than either before or after.
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When Tom is in the closet talking with Kate on the phone, the boys throw an ax into the door. At the end, there is no hole in the closet door.
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When Mark runs away and Tom goes to the train station, the train says 1) Coach and 2) Amtrak. When they pan over the train, the train shown is a commuter Metra train, not an Amtrak.
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The first time the team meets Tom's kids, there are 2 different players wearing #62 and both are black. Moments later, when the team is outside practicing, you again see a player wearing #62 but now it's a white guy.
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When the family runs out of the house to go and look for Mark, Jake (riding his skateboard) is first out the door and rides down the path leading to the front gate ahead of everyone else. In the next shot, Jake is not the first to go out the gate, he is further back behind several others.
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When Kate tells Kyle and Nigel they have a dentist appointment during the breakfast scene, the twins start making strange sounds at Tom. While they are doing this, Charlie moves from the stove to the bench behind the twins. When it cuts to a close-up of Kyle and Nigel, Charlie has instantly vanished, and is back standing at the stove next to Tom.
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When Mark and Tom get off the train, Mark is wearing his hat. When the rest of the family come around the corner, he is not wearing his hat. We see it fall halfway out the pocket of his coat when he hugs Kate, but it seems he did not have enough time to take it off and put it in the pocket of his coat, especially given the fact he was using both hands to carry the box with his belongings inside.
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When Kate opens the email from Nora at the start of the film, the bit that says "Love, Nora" is on the second line of the sentence. Later, when Kate gives the printed out email to Tom, "Love, Nora" is now on two separate lines below the rest of the sentence.
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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.
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When Tom enters Charlie's bedroom to scold him for missing curfew the previous night, Charlie's bare feet are exposed outside the bedding. After a 4 second shot of Tom, the camera cuts back to Charlie, who is now completely covered, the bedding noticeably neater.
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When the neighbors come to their house, Jake throws one shoe at the dad and in the next shot we see that he has both shoes.
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When Dylan is taken to the hospital after the birthday incident, he has a black eye and a broken arm. When Kate asks his parents if they have seen Mark after he ran away, there is no trace of the black eye or the broken arm. Broken arms usually take a couple of months to heal in a cast.
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When Mark runs into Tom as Mark is rushing to get water for his frog, Mark spills water all over Tom's pants; however, in the next shot, when Tom walks upstairs to talk to Nora, his pants are completely dry.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Tom and Dylan are hanging from the chandelier, there is a shot of the top of the chandelier breaking from the ceiling, then there is a cut to Tom. If you watch this in slow-motion, a crewman holding a boom microphone is visible on the floor below.
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(at around 1h 04 mins) The gas bottle next to the bouncy castle in knocked over. At the base can be seen a very odd piece of grass which is obviously only there to hide part of the rigging for the stunt - a hinge mechanism.
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Errors in geography 

Two times, when Tom Baker looks up at the Illinois Poly University scoreboard, there's a palm tree behind it.
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Factual errors 

When Charlie drives the red family wagon up to the house you see an Illinois license plate. On the plate all the numbers are together. Illinois plate numbers are separated.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

One may question how Mark was able to board the Amtrak train without meeting the age requirement to have purchased a ticket. It is a common practice of Amtrak conductors to make their rounds taking tickets several minutes after the train has left the station, so he could have boarded and found a seat with no question.
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Plot holes 

For some reason Sarah and Henry are never shown going to school when the family moves to Chicago, even though there are scenes with the twins, Jake, Mark, and Mike going to the elementary school/junior high, and Charlie and Lorraine going to high school.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Tom is looking in the phone book for a babysitter, one of the close shots is flipped (reversed).
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When Kate opens the closet doors, she flinches before the toys fall on her.
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In the moving scene, the van has the parents, the dog, and 10 kids in it. The actual model of the van looks like it doesn't seat that many people.
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