Yours, Mine & Ours
Review written on: March 6th, 2006

Yours, Mine & Ours Review

For personal reasons, I have been looking forward to the DVD release of the new family movie Yours, Mine and Ours. My wife and I have a blended family and understand the stress and hurdles that happen in this type of situation. Granted we don’t have 18 children, like the family in the movie, but 7 is still a lot. Granted, I am not a military man and do not behave in a military manner and granted that my wife is not a artsy hippie type lady that promotes love and harmony through group hugs, this movie hits home with me.

The story is pretty familiar, as this film is a remake of a hit movie from 1968, with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. If you don’t know it, it goes something like this…. Military man has 8 children with no mom. Artsy designer woman has 10 children, most of which are adopted, no dad. Man and woman don’t date much because they seem to scare away any possible partners. Man and woman used to date in high school and get hooked up at a class reunion. They decide to get married right away (what were they thinking?!). Kids don’t like the idea, hate each other and can’t get used to the new parents’ way of running the house (a large converted lighthouse). Kids do crazy mean things to break up the parents And…well…I won’t tell you the rest.

Dad is played by Dennis Quaid, while the mother of our story Helen North, is played by Rene Russo. The couple is far from being Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, although they do well in their roles. Quaid seems to enjoy “father-type” roles these days and the military aspect of the character is no stranger to him either. Russo was respectable doing her best as the “busy” mom, wanting to please her husband, but also letting him know when he was out of line in his structured parenting techniques. There was quite a mix of familiar and unfamiliar faces in the cast of the children. You may recognize Lil JJ and Drake Bell. Throw in some veteran adults, such as George Lopez, Linda Hunt and Rip Torn and you have quite an all-star cast.

I will say that, as an adult, you may not get as big a kick out of the movie as I did if you don’t have the connection of a large family, or a mixed family. This is a movie basically for kids, and single adults or adults without children may find it to be childish humor and big waste of time. There are a lot of sight gags and lots of Nickelodeon type humor. Overall, I did enjoy it and found the film to be light and fun. So gather the family around the tube and check this one out.


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