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Yours, Mine and Ours

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Rated: PG

Release Date: February 28th, 2006
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Overall Grade: B -

Yours, Mine and Ours

Review By: Staff

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Yours, Mine and Ours

A harmless, if unnecessary, comedy; four movie studios came together to produce this remake of a not-so-classic family comedy. This movie can be considered harmful only if you believe that not advancing the art form of film is disservice to the human race. There is very little original material available in this movie, but if you need distraction from your 18 kids, sit them in front of a television and pop this in; they just may enjoy it ("¦and no, I am not recommending you have 18 kids or that you use the television as a babysitter).

Here's the story: Dennis Quaid's Admiral has 8 children and runs a tight ship, while Rene Russo's fashion designer has 10 kids and let's them run artistically wild. Combine them through marriage into one gigantic house and you have chaos for all but 15 minutes of the movie. The two parents fall back in love (in a delightfully surprising twist), the children don't get along at first, and then they plot together against their parents and grow closer while doing so; of course. Everything ends the way you'd expect it, and in that lays the safety of a family comedy. The story is simple and plays out as expected, but it's colored with some flare and solid performances by Quaid, in a role that comes naturally after all these years, and Russo, who has always had a gift for charming humor. Though the movie is based on the concept of 18 kids in one household, I don't have much to write about the children because not one of them left an impression. There were simply too many to differentiate and they were used solely as plot devices, therefore not one shone brighter than another.

Have you ever wanted to watch Dennis Quaid make out with a pig? Don't answer. The movie is filled with gags "” falls, splats, pigs, messes, etc.; not all are funny, but some brought a smile to my face. The best gags come when the children gang up on their parents, including when the two youngest boys are dressed in drag, all for the effect it has on the tight-laced Admiral. In the end, there are good lessons for equality, love, and acceptance. You can't argue with the message, but you can wish it were a bit more original, even though it's based on a prior movie.

Did this movie need to be made? Of course not, but it won't deny the possibility of good films being made in the future, so it's harmless. I don't know if the original is better, I've never seen it, but it did have Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, so you may want to check that

one out for the talent involved.

Special Features

Two interesting featurettes deal with the casting of the 18 children, and it's always interesting to view audition tapes. The making of featurettes are straight forward, but they offer more insight than you could possibly want to know about a movie of this magnitude, so therefore, they're quite in-depth.

Movie Grade: C+

DVD Features Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B"”

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