Cheaper by the Dozen (2022) ending explained – does the Baker family live happily ever after?

By Adam Lock
Published: March 18, 2022 (Last updated: December 16, 2023)
Disney+ film Cheaper by the Dozen (2022) ending explained

This article discusses the ending of the Disney+ film Cheaper by the Dozen (2022) which will contain spoilers.

Ready Steady Cut writer, Adam Lock, called Cheaper by the DozenAn unfunny and irritating remake that is just as exhausting as living with nine children probably is.

There is a moment in Cheaper by the Dozen, where mother Zoe (Gabrielle Union) is left to look after all nine children on her own. Paul is off jetting around America building his new franchise, whilst the poor mum stays at home to fend for herself. It’s at this time that all the children start to fall apart at school. Haresh, who is being bullied, decides to fight back and is caught brawling with a student. Deja, the basketball protégé, sneaks out at night to be with her boyfriend and skips practice. And DJ dresses like a Goth to attract the attention of a girl he likes.

All these issues come to a head at DJ’s birthday party, where Zoe’s ex-husband Dom makes an appearance. The wealthy sportsman notices all the chaos and demands to take full custody of his children once more. Paul arrives late and enters as the argument ensues. Deja leads the charge, stating that everyone hates it here. Dom says the house is out of control and he is leaving with Deja and DJ, but they don’t want to go with him.

Disney+ film Cheaper by the Dozen (2022) ending explained

Things only escalate, when Cousin Seth is accused of stealing. The wayward teen does not take this accusation well and runs away from home. The entire gang rally together to find their cousin, which is an easy problem to solve, as Paul has his address. They turn up in this dodgy part of town, pleading for Seth to return home. He says that he doesn’t belong and they reply that they don’t either. After much cheering and whooping, Seth re-joins the posse.

Paul visits the scary sisters, Melanie and Michele, interrupting one of their meetings. He says that he will not be going with their new direction and will not change the company’s name. Paul is adamant he is not a ‘corporate sell-out’. This is a mini victory for the business owner, as he finally stands up to his pushy investors.

Back at home, the gang pack up ready to move back to their old neighborhood. Like your typical Disney outing, things are tied up nicely by the end. The Bakers buy a new home and the kids return to their old school. Deja gets her scholarship and the ex’s get new partners. All’s well that ends well. The end.

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