Cheaper By the Dozen

Cheaper By the Dozen
Cheaper By the Dozen
  • PG
  • 1h 39m
  • 2003
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While raising twelve children, a middle-aged couple decides to pursue more demanding careers -- only to discover that big families and big careers are a difficult mix.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: In this family of twelve children, much chaos ensues, but little hilarity.
Time Out

Levy directs what amounts to an almost plotless - and entirely pointless - slice of controlled cha...

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday

Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunc...

June 17, 2017
USA Today
Claudia Puig

So calculatedly cast with popular kid stars that it seems a focus group was guiding all the choice...

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inferior remake of 1950 classic has sexual references.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cheaper by the Dozen is a 2003 movie in which Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt play the parents of 12 children who try to find a way to balance their own career dreams and the responsibilities of raising their large family. The movie includes some schoolyard-style naughty words and PG-style sexual references that get close to a PG-13. When asked about his 12 children, Tom smirks about his wife: "I couldn't keep her off me." He explains that he had a vasectomy but did not wait for it to become effective, resulting in the second set of twins. And part of the plot concerns the oldest child (an adult) moving in with her boyfriend (which does not bother her parents) and whether they should be allowed to sleep together when they visit the family. Some verbal taunting from bullies. Some audience members may be offended by the portrayal of the family as vaguely Catholic, with references to Jesus and a rosary but no evidence of religious observance. There is comic peril with some minor injuries. The product placement (Crate & Barrel) is particularly (and annoyingly) intrusive.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:December 25, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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