Cheaper by the Dozen
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Continuity mistake: After Mark is found, he runs into Kate's arms and hugs her and her sunglasses fall off her head, but then in the very next shot they're back on her head perfectly.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Tom and Dylan are hanging from the chandelier, there is a shot of the ceiling showing the chandelier coming loose. Then when it cuts back to Tom hanging from the chandelier, in the background behind him is a crewmember holding a boom mic!!!

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Hamster

Character mistake: In the sequence when Tom is on the phone trying to find a babysitter, he repeatedly says he needs a babysitter for 12 children. However, Charlie, Lorraine and Nora, who does not even live at home, are much too old to need a babysitter.

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Continuity mistake: When the Baker's first move in and Dylan's family comes to visit, right after Dylan falls off of the Chandelier, Jake throws one of his shoes down (not both). In the next shot, the father is holding both shoes.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning during the breakfast scene, the eggs splatter all over everyone and some gets on Steve Martin's chin and you can see it fall off, they then show a shot of FedEx and then show Steve Martin again and the egg is back on his chin.

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Other mistake: At the beginning of the film, Lorraine is in the bathroom while her sister is banging on the door outside. Notice how blonde her hair is as she is applying her lip gloss. At the breakfast table a few minutes later her hair is a different type of blonde. This is because Hilary Duff wasn't available at the time of filming the beginning of the movie and her bathroom sequence had to be filmed many months after the filming for the rest of the film had been completed.

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Continuity mistake: When Hank and Nora come to visit, Hank is walking on the sidewalk leading to the house, and we see him take off one of his gloves. In the next shot, he takes off the same glove.

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Other mistake: When Steve Martin is seated at the table trying to find a babysitter, there are several quick shots of the phone book as he crosses out numbers, turns the page, etc. The very last shot of the phone book is backwards! While its easy to see the phone book, if you zoom in on the shot, you can clearly see that the tiles, words and letters on the board partially obscured by the phone book are backwards too.

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Continuity mistake: When the kids are about to put Hank's underwear in the meat bucket, Henry and Jake insert cotton-ball type things in their noses. After they do this, we see that there is still a good amount of white sticking out, but in the very next shot, there is barely any white showing.

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Emily

Continuity mistake: At school Mike Baker knocks the latte out of the bullys hand, and the latte falls to the floor spilling a bit of drink on the bullys shoe. Yet in the next wideshot of Mike lunging at the bullys legs, the drink cup has vanished and both of the bullys shoes are clean.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Mark is walking down the hallway on his first day of school, he runs into two bullies. After the bully grabs Mark's glasses he then pulls Mark's hat down. Then, when the other bully is about to pull Mark's hat down the hat is up and perfectly fine.

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Revealing mistake: When Kate is telling the kids that their dad is quitting his job, the boy called Mike looks directly at the camera.

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Continuity mistake: When Mark spills water on Tom, Tom has a big wet patch on his trouser leg. This disappears when he goes upstairs.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Tom enters the train to search for Mark, it's an Amtrak passenger train but when there's an aerial view of it, it's a commuter train.

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Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Steve Martin comes into their bedroom after a jog where his wife is proofing her manuscript. There's a pinwheel type of decoration attached to the lamp on top of some family photos in the corner by the window. In the 1st shots, you can even see its shadow on the lamp. Steve says (to Bonnie Hunt) "We could use a little change around here - like this lumpy old mattress." He then moves to the mattress facing her and the photos are still there but the pinwheel thingy is gone.

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Continuity mistake: After Mark has been bullied, we see the bullies walk away and do their handshake, but in the very next shot (from a different angle) they do their handshake again.

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Emily

Continuity mistake: When they are preparing for Oprah, Kate asks Tom to help with her zipper, Tom says it's stuck. In the next scene when she's coming downstairs you can tell that there is no zipper.

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Continuity mistake: In the kitchen when Kyle and Nigel run to their dad, Tom, and start yelling and doing macho actions, in a wideshot you see Charlie walk from the stove, over to the worktop where Henry, Kim and Jessica are making sandwiches and he puts something on a shelf. Then in the following closeup of Nigel and Kyle you can see in the background that he has instantly vanished.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Bonnie pulls away from her house in the taxi to go to New York, there are no pedestrians on the other side of the street. In the next shot, just a moment later, two people are standing on the previously empty sidewalk facing the departing taxi.

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Mike K

Continuity mistake: When Nora is on the phone with the whole family trying to get her to babysit, Hank throws his pad of paper on to the table and the shot cuts to Nora. The shot goes back to Hank and he throws the pad of paper on the table again.

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Continuity mistake: When everyone is walking to the new house, in the overhead shot you can see Tom and Kate walking with their arms around each others shoulders. Then when it cuts to a closeup, they are standing with their hands down by their sides.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When the family runs across the football field to meet dad, ground angle shows the children running in different order both left to right and front to back than in the overhead angle.

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Continuity mistake: This takes place in the scene were Charlie Baker and Tom Baker are talking about Charlie missing his curfew: when Tom wakes Charlie up, notice how he is not covered up in his blanket, but in the next shot, you can see that it is over his legs, that would not be possible seeing as how Charlie was just then waking up.

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Continuity mistake: When Charlie is doing his homework, he throws his pen on the book on his bed and looks at the picture of his girlfriend. He then picks his pen up from the book in his lap.

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Continuity mistake: As Steve Martin is ripping out pages in the phone book about babysitting services, if you look closely, you can see that it is the same page over and over again just shot at different angles.

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Jackie Menechino

Revealing mistake: When Mark takes his pet frog to the other frog's grave, you can tell that the pet frog is a rubber toy, rather than a live frog.

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Allyson

Continuity mistake: When Hank is being attacked by the dog and the family is looking on and laughing, it cuts to Charlie laughing and he is holding a glass to take a drink, then it cuts back to Hank, and just a second later it cuts back to the family at the table and Charlie is sitting with his arm across his chair facing a completely different way, with nothing in his hands. There is no way he could have put down his glass and turned to lean back with his arm across the chair in that short of time.

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Continuity mistake: When the dad first gets into the bouncy castle to get his daughter, you notice him fall forward but then half a second later, he is standing up as if nothing happened.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the kids are being punished by Tom for soaking Hank's underwear in meat, you can see a bit of the microphone from the overhead shot at the top of the screen. (DVD)

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Other mistake: There are four days when Jake, Mark, Kim, Jessica and Mike are shown going to school in Chicago. All five wear the exact same clothes on the first three days, only on the fourth day are they dressed differently.

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mightymick

Continuity mistake: At the hospital, Dylan has a black eye and broken arm after Tom fell on him at his birthday party. A little later when Kate goes to the Shenk's house to tell them Mark has run away, Dylan shows no signs of the injuries he suffered.

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Other mistake: When Kate is telling the kids that their father is losing his job, Jake Baker is seen in the foreground, but in the next shot Sarah Baker is forward and Jake is behind.

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dell

Continuity mistake: When Beans, the frog, is just sitting on the pebbles and Mark is going, "Are you all right?", the the pebbles are bunched up on one end of the aquarium. But, in the shot where Mark goes back to his room AFTER Beans dies, the pebbles are bunched up on the other side.

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Continuity mistake: At the kitchen table, Kate is throwing toast, and she throws one piece at Kim (the twin) who catchs it. Yet in the very next wideshot Kim is leaning on the table, with no toast in her hands, and Kate throws Kim another piece of toast again.

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Hamster

Audio problem: When Steve Martin is talking to Bonnie Hunt on the phone and the kids are playing, a small dart lands between his feet. The sound the dart makes when it sticks to the floor is not accurate at all and deliberately sounds as if it comes from a object much heavier.

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Other mistake: When Jessica and Kim come down the stairs and Jessica is explaining what happened to Kim with Nigel and the dart, Kim looks at the camera.

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Emily

Continuity mistake: When the teenage boy picks up the picture of him and his girlfriend, the position of the picture in his hand changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After the scene where the kids get grounded, there is a scene of Mark laying in bed. He then rolls over in bed and stares at a picture of him and his mum. In front of the picture are his glasses, but in the very first overhead shot of Mark laying in bed, the glasses weren't in front of the picture.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Tom is being interviewed on TV, it cuts to Lorraine who says "At least we get to see him on TV" and she has both her legs bent up in front of her. In the following wideshot of the 8 kids and Kate on the bed, Lorraine only has one leg bent up in front of her.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When the chandelier breaks and Tom falls whilst holding it, between shots the chandeliers lights go from being pretty much intact, to being totally smashed - and this is after the fall, so there is no reason for them to smash any more. The long yellow rope that attachs the chandelier to the ceiling changes the position it lays between the closeup of Tom landing (obviously not Steve Martin) and the following wideshot too.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Bonnie Hunt announces that Mark has run away, she has no paper in her hand. It cuts to Steve Martin, then back to Bonnie who now has Mark's note against her chest.

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Continuity mistake: When Tom and the family are getting ready for Oprah to come round, Tom is on the phone to Kate and he runs over to a vase of yellow flowers and nearly knocks them to the ground. Between shots the way he touchs the flowers changes.

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Hamster

Audio problem: When Dylan is over at the Baker's new house, Jake says "You're gonna wanna stop now dude" but when he says this, the movement of his mouth isn't matching the words he's saying.

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Emily

Continuity mistake: When Tom picks the kids up from school, Mark hands his dad a picture. In a closeup Mark is holding the piece of paper at the top, yet in the wideshot he is holding it at the side.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Tom is in an office at the Stallions, Charlie comes in and he says "Dad we need to talk" and then he picks up a rugby ball with one hand. In the following closeup though he suddenly is holding it with both hands.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Nora and Hank are standing by the bainster, when the whole family is fighting, in one shot Nora's arms are down by her side, but in the next shot, her hand is up by her chest.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When the Baker kids are taking revenge on the bullies that stole Mark's glasses, they knock the guy's drink to the ground, but a couple shots later it's gone.

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Continuity mistake: As Hank falls into the paddling pool he clearly drops the apple he was holding into the pool, yet in the following closeup he has the apple in his right hand.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Nora is on the phone to the Bakers, trying to find a way not to visit them, she talks to Hank whilst covering the phone mouthpiece, and on the side are three blue candleholders, yet in some shots one of the candleholders disappears.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Steve Martin is talking to Bonnie Hunt about being gone for three days, watch the picture on the table. It moves closer to the edge of the table in the subsequent shot. In the first shot it is not covering the ring on the edge of the table, in the next shot it is.

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Mike K

Continuity mistake: When Beans the frog has been caught, Tom gives Mark the net with the frog in and then Mark smashes all of the glass/ornaments on the shelf, by swinging the handle of the net into them. Look at the mess of glass/ornaments on the side, just after Mark smashes them. When we see the shelf again, the position of the smashed glass/ornaments on the side had changed greatly, and things have appeared/disappeared.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Hank is tripped by the hose, his hair goes from dry to suddenly wet just before he hits the water.

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Other mistake: At the end of the movie, Steve Martin is walking through the field where, just minutes before, he coached his last game (he looks at the scoreboard and his wife tells their children that he went alone to the game). Well, that seems a very immaculate football field for one that just had a college game played on it.

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Continuity mistake: When Nora phones the Bakers, and she is on speakerphone, in the background you can see some various blue and green glass ornaments on the red wall-side, in the background of Hank playing his video game. These ornaments have moved along in the closeup of Hank frantically tapping his controller.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: As Tom is about to go to work, Kate hands him a printout of Nora's email. Tom takes the paper and holds it at the bottom middle part. In the following closeup though, Tom is holding the left corner of the paper. When it cuts he is holding the bottom middle again.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Hank is sitting on the couch, waiting for his clothes to dry, Nora comes in with lemonade. Tom and Kate start talking to Hank about his acting career and we see that Nora is holding her lemonade glass, but in the very next shot, the glass is on the table in front of her.

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Emily

Continuity mistake: 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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Continuity mistake: When Tom goes into Shank's office to resign as coach, the position of the football in the display case behind Shank, goes from being horizontal to tilted to horizontal again, between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the family runs out of the house to go and look for Mark, Jake is riding his skateboard and rides down the path well ahead of everyone else. In the next shot, several family members run out the gate ahead of Jake, who should have been first out the gate.

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Other mistake: When Kim and Jessica run into the kitchen at the start of the breakfast scene, Jessica looks up at the camera.

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Continuity mistake: When Gunner is running under the table towards Hank, on the left we can see Henry's and Jake's legs as if they are sitting at the table. But neither Henry or Jake are sitting at the table at this moment, we see them come into the room a few seconds later.

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mightymick

Continuity mistake: When Sarah and Jake grab a handful of meat from the kitchen, Sarah is wearing purple and Jake is wearing red. Both are wearing different clothes a moment later when they are in the basement with Mike and Henry, soaking the underwear.

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mightymick

Continuity mistake: When the kids are playing apple shmeer with Tom Baker, Jake's t-shirt is covered with apple sauce, but in the next shot when Nora and Hank pull in the driveway, the apple sauce is gone from his t-shirt.

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dell

Continuity mistake: When Dylan's mom makes Dylan leave the Bakers' house, he still has his rollerblades on. In the next scene, where he and his parents are walking on the sidewalk back to their house, he's in his normal shoes.

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katherinelei

Visible crew/equipment: When they find Mark at the train station in Midland his mother gives him a hug, and a crew member's shadow is visible on Jake Baker's T-shirt.

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dell

Visible crew/equipment: When Mark goes back to his bedroom, after the fight with his family, you can see a crew member reflected on the door before he enters the room.

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dell

Factual error: Children must be 15 or older to ride Amtrak alone. Mark is not 15.

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Continuity mistake: Near the beginning when the twins go to work with Tom, you see a zoomed out shot of the entire field. You see two of the players slam into the mats that Nigel and Kyle are on, but in the zoomed in shot, they do it again.

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Continuity mistake: After breakfast at the beginning, when Mark leaves after Sarah says, "Nice moves, Fedex", there is a white cup in front of Jessica which disappears when the camera changes angle.

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