Parents' Guide to

Cheaper by the Dozen

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inferior remake of 1950 classic has sexual references.

Movie PG 2003 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

turned it off after 10 minutes

I didn't have the energy to explain to my 10 and 12 year old what a vasectomy was - there was a bit too much innuendo - right at the beginning - and it was uncomfortable to watch - so off it went

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 7+

Great kids movie

This about a family with 12 kids. A must see family movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (40 ):

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN is not a movie; it's a product, with a script right off the assembly line and direction on automatic pilot. Its intended audience of older tweens and teens will probably enjoy it very much. But those who care about that audience will be disappointed that the people behind this movie don't ealize that they owe those children some imagination and sincerity. The movie takes its title and family size from the classic book about the real-life Gilbreth family but has no other connection to the original and is inferior to it in every aspect.

There are the predictable "aww" moments (death of a pet, reminder that the kids might fight with each other, but they really love each other) and the predictable "ewww" moments (one child barfs and another slips and falls on it). The script is slack and lazy, incapable of a satisfying resolution for even the most reliable family-movie plot devices like a mean bully or snobby, over-protective neighbors.

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