Box art for Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen

children & family, comedy

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® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 8
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
3 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Remake bears no resemblance to the 1950 original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that 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 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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how they work together to make sure that they achieve a balance between time for work and time for each other.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Martin and Hunt give the production a mellow warmth. And Levy has cast an appealingly diverse bunch of kids to play the young Bakers.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, December 25, 2003

Rotten: Its not that Cheaper by the Dozen is awful. Worse than that, its just plain dull.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: From playful mugging to tender affection, Martin exudes a strong star persona, and he and Hunt share romantic warmth despite a dearth of alone time.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, December 25, 2003

Audience Reviews

1 star


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2 stars

Lame remake that bleeds all charm out of the material and also cheapens the real family's struggles too overcome a devastating blow.

- jjnxn, Thursday, April 15, 2010

2 stars

It's just a completely corny and forgettable movie. Steve Martin has really got to the point where he has little options next to family films. This is highly unimaginative and does nothing but produce cheap laughs and terrible child actors.

- ythelastman89, Friday, January 1, 2010