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(2003), PG

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 28, 2003
81 out of 100

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ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics suggested by the CAP Site Map (Table of Contents). Further, if you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is completely objective to His Word and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG -- ... there are matters that may warrant your concerns as a parent.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Robert Simonds Productions
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Shawn Levy
Producer(s): Michael Barnathan, Dustin Bernard, Carrie Brody, Ben Myron, Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds
Written by:Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Screenplay: Craig Titley, Joel Cohen, Sam Harper, Alec Sokolow
Cinematography/Camera: Jonathan Brown
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: George Folsey Jr.
Casting: Nancy Klopper
Production Design: Nina Ruscio
Art Direction: Scott Meehan
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Tom Baker (Steve Martin) is a Division 3 college football coach In Evanston, IL and father of 12 with longings to coach a major college football team. But Tom is content with what he has since he is a family man first and foremost. Tom was so devoted to his family that he was willing to spend his working life at a Division 3 college as its football coach even though it is far below his aspirations and dreams to coach a major college team.

The story opens with the entire family functioning like a well oiled machine as they execute daily routines with expert rhythm down to buttering toast. But one day, one of Tom's college football buddies, now department head at Tom's old college in Chicago, comes to Tom with an offer to be head coach at his old University -- a major upgrade and answer to his "prayers."

So, Tom packs up his deeply reluctant family from all they know and love and carts them off four hours North to Chicago. Much to their chagrin, Tom's family must now make concessions to adapt to life in the big city with all the trimmings that go with it, including the social warfare the children must suffer.

And if the major burden on his kids of a new life in a new town at a new school with new kids wasn't enough, once the Bakers got settled Tom's wife, Kate (Bonnie Hunt) was notified the book she had been working on, "Cheaper by the Dozen" about raising 12 kids (imagine that), was going to be published which required a book tour that would take her away from the family for three days at first, then for two weeks ... a tour which included an interview with Opra Winfrey.

Tom was now faced with being father and mother for 11 in-home kids, all in a new home in a new town. One of the children, Nora (Piper Perabo) was out on her own and shacking with a guy. And that sets the stage for about 75 more minutes of a total of 93 minutes of slapstick and Rube Goldberg comedy dusted with a few grains of alum.

While there are some instances of fine family-oriented comedy in Cheaper by the Dozen, there are matters that may warrant your concerns as a parent or grandparent.

While each of the six CAP investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) revealed programming worthy of a final score of 81 (well within the scoring cell established for PG movies in the comparative baseline database - 86 to 68 out of 100) and worthy of the display of the yellow CAPAlert light, your attention to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section may be of planning benefit to you.

There is nothing in Cheaper by the Dozen of great boldness as is typical with some modern movies but a number of "lesser" issues of assault on morality and decency should be brought to your attention. There are examples of adolescent arrogance toward and defiance of parental authority. There are also a couple sexual innuendo and comments, dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, sneaking out for sex and excessive cleavage. In addition, the writers were sure to put at least one issue of comparatively bold sexual nature by having a dog nuzzle the crotch of a man then attacking his crotch. [Mark 7:21] However, there was only one instance of drunkenness [Eph. 5:18] and no instances of smoking or use/possession of illegal drugs nor were there any instances of murder or suicide such as the self-sacrifice suicide of Tinkerbell in Peter Pan [2003]. There is one instance of foul language [Prov. 8:13] and one instance of the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive however masked the writers tried to make it plus two uses without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted.

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  • Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents Prov. 8:13 To fear [yir'ah]* the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    * I feel it is time for a mini-sermon on "the fear of God."

    "Fear of God", one of the most misunderstood and misused expressions from the Bible. So many use it against the believers saying God demands that you be afraid of Him when it couldn't be farther from the Truth. Looking at the definition of "fear", where "fear of God" appears in the KJV there are three translations to "fear."

  • yir'ah {yir-aw'}: 1c) fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety, 1d) revered
  • pachad {pakh'-ad}: 1) terror, dread, 1a) dread, 1b) object of dread
  • phobos {fob'-os}: 2) reverence as in for one's husband (or wife)

    When "pachad" is used it speaks to that which His enemies should feel such as in 2 Chronicles 20:29 "And the fear [pachad] of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel." But in other cases when "yirah" and "phobos" are used, it speaks to reverence, honor and respect such as in 2 Samuel 23:3 "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear [yirah] of God", in 2 Corinthians 7:1 "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear [phobos] of God" and in Ephesians. 5:21 "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear [phobos] of God."

    So, if one opposes and rejects God one should dread (pachad) fear what He will do (and won't do). If one loves Him one should revere, honor and respect (yirah or phobos) fear Him. "Yirah" or "phobos" fear Him even in the marriage sense as we, the believers, will be collected as His Bride at the Rapture.

  • ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence
  • older kid and peer cruelty, repeatedly
  • fight
  • teen reckless driving due to anger

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • adolescent (teen) arrogance against father, repeatedly
  • adolescent (teen) arrogance against mother
  • young adolescent arrogance at father, repeatedly
  • bragging with lies
  • defiance of father's rules
  • "No way!" to father's directive
  • running away to "punish" parents

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual comments, repeatedly
  • sexual expression
  • cohabitation
  • dog nuzzling the crotch of a man
  • dog attacking the crotch of a man
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • sneaking out for sex
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • one instance of drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • one masked use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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