Cheaper by the Dozen

Throughout the film Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) directed by Shawn Levy, the Baker family faces challenges associated with relocating from a rural farm town to the suburbs of Chicago.Cheaper by the Dozen aims to focus on how the family can come together to adjust into a new environment and overcome the ridicule they face being such a large family of 14. The Bakers move because Tom, the father, is offered his dream job coaching football at his alma mater. Not long after they move, Kate, the mother, is offered a book tour which will take her away from the twelve children for day on end. With Kate’s book tour, Tom is left to take care of the children who were not supportive about making the move, causing the household to go into utter chaos. While the parents are stressed with the added responsibilities, the children are having trouble fitting in at school because they are only seen for their large family and rural style of living.

Cheaper by the Dozen is a remake from the critically acclaimed 1950 version which was a true story about the Gilbreth family and their twelve children. While the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen doesn’t revolve around relocating, it shares many similar qualities in the sense that both parents must be expert multi-taskers who are able to mediate any situation or feud between siblings.