Opening 27 Apr 2006
It’s the story of a man named Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) and the story of a woman named Helen North (Rene Russo)… When the two recently widowed former high school sweethearts meet by chance while both on blind dates, it is love at second site. The very regimented coast guard admiral and the free spirited hippie chick fashion designer meet again soon after, this time not by chance, on their high school reunion cruise, where they re-bond instantly and spontaneously tie the knot at sea. But when both return to their families, break the news of the marriage and soon after move into a New England lighthouse together, war nearly ensues. For Frank’s eight children and Helen’s ten children, four of whom were adopted, all have personalities as different as night and day, and as different as Frank and Helen. Nearly every stereotype in the book, from cheerleader to class president to art student, is represented in the new family. Despite Frank and Helen’s grandiose effort to gel as a family, the kids do everything in their ability to undermine their new siblings. However they do eventually unite, but only for a common cause which is none other than to break up their parents' marriage.
Yours, Mine and Ours, directed by Raja Gosnell, is truly Brady Bunch superlative! But unfortunately superlative only in the number of children this couple tries to bring together into one family. It’s a modern day re-make of the 1968 film of the same name starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, which was based on the book Who Gets the Drumstick by Helen Beardsley, which was based on a true story. This new version has plenty of slapstick comedy for the entire family. But unfortunately the gags and indeed the entire film are quite predictable and unoriginal, including the Nickelodeon (co-producer of the film) signature “slimings” that take place throughout. Nonetheless, Yours, Mine and Ours is at best mediocre family entertainment. (Shauna Keeley)