Cheaper by the Dozen (2003 film)
|Cheaper by the Dozen|
|Directed by||Shawn Levy|
|Story by||Craig Titley|
|Edited by||George Folsey, Jr.|
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$190.2 million|
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 and grossed $190.2 million worldwide against a $40 million budget. The Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus criticizes its lack of humor. A sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, was released in the United States on December 21, 2005.
It is a remake of the 1950 film of the same name. Both films were inspired by the real life Gilbreth family and the semi-autobiographical account of their lives as written in Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
College football coach Tom Baker and his author wife, Kate, have raised their twelve children: Nora, Charlie, Lorraine, Henry, Sarah, Jake, Mark, Jessica, Kim, Mike, Kyle, and Nigel, in the town of Midland, Illinois. Kate narrates throughout the film and has written about the family's life story in her book, which she hopes to publish. Tom accepts a job offer from his friend and colleague, Shake McGuire, to coach at his alma mater in Evanston. However, the kids oppose it and are unwilling to leave their friends. The atmosphere at the Bakers' new house quickly becomes more tense, and Charlie and Mark are bullied at their respective schools.
Kate embarks on a national book tour to promote her newly published book. Tom hires Nora and her self-absorbed model/actor boyfriend, Hank, help look after the other children while Kate is away. Disliking Hank and realizing that he hates kids, the younger children trip him into their pool filled with dirty water and soak his underwear in raw meat while Hank takes a shower. At lunch, the children later unleash their dog, Gunner, onto him. Nora and Hank storm off, and Tom punishes the children by cutting off their allowances. After a chaotic night, Tom realizes he cannot handle the children on his own. He tries to hire a babysitter, but no one is willing to work with a family as large as the Bakers, so Tom brings the football players to practice in the living room for Saturday night's football game, as the children do their chores. However, the younger children escape and crash their neighbor, Dylan Shenk’s birthday party, which they had been forbidden to attend after Tom grounded them for fighting in school and not doing their chores earlier. When a frustrated and homesick Charlie is kicked off the football team, he accuses Tom of moving for himself and not for the family. Tom discovers that Nora and Hank sneaked in and slept over against the family's rules, and Hank upsets Nora by saying he does not want children and expects her to feel the same.
Kate gets a call from the children about the chaos, and cancels her book tour. Her publisher decides to create an additional promotion by inviting Oprah Winfrey film the Bakers in their home instead. Despite Kate's coaching, the Bakers cannot recreate the loving, strongly bonded family she described in her book. When Mark becomes upset that his pet frog, Beans, has died, Sarah tells him that nobody cares. The argument causes a heated fight to erupt and the producers decides to tell Winfrey to cancel the filming. As a result of the fight, Mark runs away from home. After Nora mentions that she used to try to run away as a kid to Chicago, her favorite place in the world, Tom has a hunch that Mark is trying to return to the Bakers' old home, and finds him on a train en route to Midland. The Bakers finally reunite and begin to address their issues with each other. At the end of the film, Tom resigns from his alma mater to spend more time with his family, and the Bakers celebrate Christmas together as the chandelier in their living room breaks and crashes down to the floor.
- Steve Martin as Tom Baker, Kate's husband and the father of 12 children
- Bonnie Hunt as Kate Baker, Tom's wife and the mother of 12 children
- Piper Perabo as Nora Baker, Tom and Kate's oldest daughter
- Tom Welling as Charlie Baker, Tom and Kate's oldest son
- Hilary Duff as Lorraine Baker, one of Tom and Kate's daughters
- Kevin G. Schmidt as Henry Baker, one of Tom and Kate's sons
- Alyson Stoner as Sarah Baker, one of Tom and Kate's daughters
- Jacob Smith as Jake Baker, one of Tom and Kate's sons
- Forrest Landis as Mark Baker, one of Tom and Kate's sons
- Liliana Mumy as Jessica Baker, one of Tom and Kate's daughters and Kim's older fraternal twin sister
- Morgan York as Kim Baker, Tom and Kate's youngest daughter and Jessica's younger fraternal twin sister
- Blake Woodruff as Mike Baker, one of Tom and Kate's sons
- Brent Kinsman as Kyle Baker, one of Tom and Kate's sons and Nigel's older identical twin brother
- Shane Kinsman as Nigel Baker, Tom and Kate's youngest son and Kyle's younger identical twin brother
- Paula Marshall and Alan Ruck as Tina and Bill Shenk, the Baker family’s new neighbors
- Steven Anthony Lawrence as Dylan Shenk, Tina and Bill’s son
- Richard Jenkins as Shake McGuire, Tom's colleague and friend
- Ashton Kutcher as Hank, Nora's child-hating and lazy boyfriend (uncredited)
- Tiffany Dupont as Beth, Charlie's girlfriend
- Cody Linley as Quinn
- Jared Padalecki as an unnamed bully (uncredited cameo)
- Joel McCrary as Gil
- Dax Shepard as Camera Crew Member
- Regis Philbin as himself
- Kelly Ripa as herself
- Wayne Knight as Electrician (uncredited cameo)
- Amy Hill as Miss Hozzie, Kyle and Nigel's Teacher (uncredited)
The film's director Shawn Levy makes a cameo as a reporter.
|1.||"I'm Just a Kid"||Simple Plan||Simple Plan||1:24|
|2.||"Help!"||Lennon–McCartney||Fountains of Wayne||1:12|
|3.||"In Too Deep"||Sum 41||Sum 41||2:46|
|4.||"What Christmas Should Be"||Hilary Duff||Hilary Duff||3:10|
|5.||"Life Is a Highway"||Tom Cochrane||Tom Cochrane||4:26|
|6.||"These Are Days"||10,000 Maniacs||10,000 Maniacs||3:39|
|7.||"Rockin' Robin"||Leon René||Michael Jackson||2:33|
|8.||"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"||Johnny Marks||Brenda Lee||2:06|
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 24% rating based on reviews from 119 critics and an average score of 4.58/10. The site's consensus reads: "In this family of twelve children, much chaos ensues, but little hilarity." On Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 46 out of 100 based on 30 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an A- grade.
Despite this, the film was given "Two Thumbs Up" from Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper on their television show. Ebert in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and called it "lighthearted fun".
Robert Koehler of Variety was critical of the uneven tone of the film, varying between "schmaltzy/gooey and slapstick/gross-out" and wrote that it was "as far from the original pic and its autobiographical memoir source as it can be while retaining the same title" but predicted a wide ranging audience for the film.
The film ranked at #2 for the weekend, grossing $27,557,647 in its opening weekend ($35,397,241 including its Thursday Christmas Day gross of $7,839,594) from 3,298 theaters for an average of $8,356 per theater ($10,733 average per theater over four days), being kept from the top spot by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The film went on to gross $138,614,544 in North America, and an additional $51,597,569 internationally, for a total gross of $190,212,113 worldwide, nearly five times its $40 million budget.
Ashton Kutcher was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his performance in this, Just Married and My Boss's Daughter but lost to Ben Affleck with Daredevil, Gigli and Paycheck.
|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 and 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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