Cheaper by the Dozen (2003 film)
|Cheaper by the Dozen|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shawn Levy|
|Story by||Craig Titley|
|Based on||Cheaper by the Dozen
by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr.
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
|Narrated by||Bonnie Hunt|
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Edited by||George Folsey, Jr.|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$190.2 million|
Cheaper by the Dozen is a 2003 American family comedy film which takes its title from the autobiographical book of the same name by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, but despite the title and the concept of a family with twelve children, the film bears no resemblance to the book nor its original film adaptation, although it is mentioned that the mother's maiden name is Gilbreth. The film was directed by Shawn Levy, narrated by Bonnie Hunt, and starring Steve Martin. The film was released on December 25, 2003 by 20th Century Fox, ultimately grossing just over $190 million worldwide.
Tom Baker (Martin) is a football coach at a small rural college in Midland, Indiana, where he raised twelve children, and his wife, Kate (Hunt), has written about her life story in a book and hopes to send it to her friend to publish it. At the film's beginning, Tom unexpectedly receives an offer from his old friend and football teammate, Shake McGuire (Richard Jenkins), to coach at his alma mater in Evanston, Illinois. Tom accepts the offer, and he and Kate begin making their plans on moving to Evanston. All twelve Baker children find out and demand the move be put to a vote, although Tom says it would not have any power. Tom loses the vote, even after he and Kate join, but goes ahead with the move anyway, claiming there will be more money and that they will be a "happier and stronger family". However, the atmosphere at the Bakers' new house is tense, and the situation at school for the children is even worse, although their new neighbors, the Shenks seem alright, particularly the father, Bill and their first and only son, Dylan.
When her book is ready for publication, Kate is told that she must do a national book tour to promote it in New York for three days. Tom thinks that he will handle everything around the Bakers' house while Kate is away, so he decides to hire his older child, Nora, and her boyfriend, Hank, to manage the children. When Nora arrives at her family's house to manage them, the children plan to make Hank the target of their prank by soaking his underwear in meat and assisting their pet dog, Gunner, to attack him by chewing on his butt, prompting him to refuse to assist in baby-sitting since they know that he hates kids. As a result, Nora is angry at the children and later drives off with Hank, while Tom berates the children for their prank and cuts off their allowance within a month.
Shortly after Kate departs for her national book tour, Tom realizes that he cannot handle the children on his own after a chaotic night; this is heightened after Kate is told to stay on tour for two more weeks. In reply to this revelation, Tom tries to hire a housekeeper, but nobody is willing to work with a family as large as his, so Tom decides to bring the football players from work into his house for game practicing in the living room to prepare for the Saturday night football game as the children perform chores and their household games. However, the children start causing trouble at school, in which Kyle and Nigel hurt their kindergarten teacher, Charlie and Lorraine continue suffering insults from teenage bullies without any violence involved, and the others stand-up against a group of bullies by fighting them for picking one of their own brothers, Mark and are suspended from school for the fight after they, Mark, and the bullies are sent to the principal's office.
Because of these incidents, Tom grounds the Baker children from any fun and games and forbids them all from going to Dylan's birthday party, although they already have presents for him. Without Tom noticing them, the children sneak out of the house to give Dylan his presents and cause havoc at the party. While discussing the plays, Tom overhears party-goers screaming from Dylan's house as one of the gifts turns out to be a Brazilian mud viper snake from Mark. Tom sends his players to retrieve his kids while he tries to retrieve his daughter, Sarah, but he fails and the bounce house explodes. In all of the commotion, Dylan gets injured by Tom and is later sent to the hospital with a broken arm as his mother, Tina, coldly forbids the Baker kids from ever playing with Dylan ever again. Tom is forced to cancel the next game after Shake advises him not to bring the players in his house or the children in the department again.
Kate overhears from the children about the chaos and cancels the book tour to take charge of the situation. Kate's publisher decides to create an additional promotion for her book by inviting Oprah Winfrey to tape a segment about the Bakers in their home instead. However, Tom finds a letter in his mailbox revealing that Charlie got kicked off the football team for skipping school and letting his grades fall. Upon confronting his son, Tom is chewed out by Charlie for uprooting the entire family from their happy home in Midland just for the sake of trying to capture the glory he missed out on in college. He then storms out of the house to rejoin his girlfriend, Beth, back in Midland. Tom is even more shocked to discover Hank having returned and slept over with Nora at home.
Despite much coaching from Kate, the Bakers are not able to demonstrate the loving, strongly bonded family that Kate described in her book. When Mark becomes upset that his pet frog, Beans, has died, Sarah tells him that nobody cares and calls him Fedex once again, causing a heated fight to erupt between everyone moments before the segment starts, leading the cameramen to tell Winfrey to cancel it. Afterwards, Mark runs away from home, prompting the Bakers to find him. Tom suspects that Mark is trying to run back to the Bakers' old home, and eventually finds Mark on a train en route from Chicago to Midland. Reuniting with the rest of their family, the Bakers begin to address their issues with each other. After burying Beans in the garden and performing a kind of eulogy with the whole family there, Tom ultimately resigns from his position at his alma mater and settles for a less-time consuming job. The film ends at a Christmas dinner with the Bakers when the chandelier lamp breaks off and smashes.
- Steve Martin as Tom Baker
- Bonnie Hunt as Kate Gilbreth Baker
- Piper Perabo as Nora Baker, 22 years old
- Tom Welling as Charlie Baker, 17 years old
- Hilary Duff as Lorraine Baker, 16 years old
- Kevin Schmidt as Henry Baker, 12 years old
- Alyson Stoner as Sarah Baker, 11 years old
- Jacob Smith as Jake Baker, 9 years old
- Forrest Landis as Mark Baker, 8 years old
- Liliana Mumy and Morgan York as Jessica and Kim Baker, 7-year-old fraternal twins
- Blake Woodruff as Mike Baker, 6 years old
- Brent and Shane Kinsman as Kyle and Nigel Baker, 5-year-old identical twins
- Steven Anthony Lawrence as Dylan Shenk
- Paula Marshall and Alan Ruck as Tina and Bill Shenk
- Richard Jenkins as Shake McGuire
- Ashton Kutcher (uncredited) as Hank
- Tiffany Dupont as Beth
- Cody Linley as Quinn
- Jared Padalecki as an unnamed bully
- Joel McCrary as Gil
- Dax Shepard as Camera Crew Member
- Regis Philbin as himself
- Kelly Ripa as herself
- Frank Welker as Gunner (voice)
- Wayne Knight as Electrician (uncredited)
A sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, was released in the United States on December 21, 2005.
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|"Cheaper by the Dozen" Soundtrack|
|1.||"I'm Just a Kid"||1:24|
|3.||"In Too Deep"||2:46|
|4.||"What Christmas Should Be"||3:10|
|5.||"Life Is a Highway"||4:26|
|6.||"These Are Days"||3:39|
|8.||"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"||2:06|
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film gained a score of 24% based on reviews from 118 critics, with an average score of 4.5 out of 10, and the site's consensus reading: "In this family of twelve children, much chaos ensues, but little hilarity." On Metacritic, which determines a normalized rating from mainstream critics, the film received a score of 46 out of 100 based on 30 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews." Despite initial reactions, the film was given "Two Thumbs Up" from Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper on their television show, and became a box office hit. The film opened at #2 ranking in US$27,557,647 in its first opening weekend and, despite being kept from the top spot by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, went on to gross $190,212,113 worldwide. Ashton Kutcher was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his performance in this, and two other films.
Awards and nominations
|Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Male Movie Star||Ashton Kutcher||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Blush||Hilary Duff||Nominated|
|Choice Breakout Movie Star – Male||Tom Welling||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Liplock||Piper Perabo & Ashton Kutcher||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Young Ensemble Cast||Cast (under 18)||Won|
|Best Young Actor Age Ten or Younger||Forrest Landis||Won|
|Best Young Actress Age Ten or Younger||Alyson Stoner||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actor||Ashton Kutcher||Nominated|||
The film was released on VHS and DVD on April 6, 2004.
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