Cheaper by the Dozen

Tom and Kate Baker (Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt) have 12 children, and they live in a home in country America. When Tom is offered a job to coach a football team he played for as a college student, he and his family pack up and move to the city. The trouble comes when Kate is required to do a book tour to promote her book 'Cheaper By The Dozen' and leave Tom home with the kids.

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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. (00:24:15)

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Kate Baker: He is not a doorknob!
Jake Baker: The man irons his jeans, Mom.
Kate Baker: Yeah, that's weird.

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Trivia: The name of Mark's frog is Beans. Steven Anthony Lawrence plays Dylan in this film, and his character's nickname on the Disney channel show "Even Stevens" is also Beans.

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Question: Does it seem strange to anyone else that these kids, including teenagers, can't help take care of themselves for two weeks? My family has six kids and we can function for a week or two when Mom and Dad go out of town. In a large family, parents usually raise their children to help out a lot more and be more responsible.

Answer: It seems that the fact the family can't take care of themselves is added to part of the humour of the film. 12 children is a lot, and think about all those rows and all that mess.

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It's not like they couldn't take care of themselves. As shown with the breakfast scene at the beginning, they seem to function pretty well when they all get along. Tom and Kate were just usually home more frequently than some other parents. It also didn't help that it was the first time that one of the parents was gone for an extended period and the parent that was left home (Tom) had never had to deal with all the kids on his own. Also, the only time we see complete chaos in the house is the first day that Kate has been gone. After that the kids are more behaved (at home).

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