YOURS, MINE AND OURS (2005) Add To My Top 10
Release Date: November 23, 2005
Genre: Comedy/Family Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Raja Gosnell
Producer: Robert Simonds and Michael Nathanson
Writer: Ron Burch and David Kidd
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Chaos ensues. Helen’s children chafe at the Admiral’s attempts to control the chaos and his children don’t like the other children’s messy lifestyle. The two groups decide to join forces and pit the Admiral’s strict ways against Helen’s permissive, free-wheeling style.
Based on a true story, YOURS, MINE AND OURS is a fun update. Director Raja Gosnell does a good job of making all these characters stand out and not become too much for the audience to digest. He gets a lot of help from his two leads, Quaid and Russo, who are very appealing and very talented. Their talent and appeal provides solid cohesion to this chaotic mix.
Although a bit too thin, YOURS, MINE AND OURS is a good outing for the family. There are, however, some minor elements of concern. There is brief but light foul language and one joke with light lesbian overtones. In the joke, the four teenage boys and girls are plotting. One boy suggests that they tell Helen and Frank that the other boy and one of the girls are attracted to one another. When the other three nix his idea, he suggests as a joke that they tell Helen and Frank that the two girls are attracted to one another. Of course, the kids turn down that facetious proposal as well.
Finally, some parents may be concerned that the movie too often pokes fun at the father’s emphasis on rules, regulations, cleanliness, and organization. Comedy often comes from making a mess of something or making fun of common human foibles, however. Also, in the end, it is the organization of the children finally working together that makes the Beardsleys and the Norths become one loving family. Thus, out of family conflict comes a new spirit of family cooperation that unites the two as one. This is classic comic structure, the kind of comedy in which Hollywood excels.
Regrettably, however, the remake leaves out the father's great speech as he takes his pregnant wife to the car for the hospital:
Henry Fonda: "I've got a message for Larry. You tell him this is what it's all about, this is the real happening. Take a look around you. Take a good look at your mother."
Lucille Ball: "Not now"
Henry Fonda: "Yes, now. It's giving life that counts. Until you're ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won't keep it turning. Life isn't a love-in. It's the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and. . . ground round instead of roast beef. I'll tell you something else. It isn't going to a bed with a man that proves you're in love with him; it's getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts. I suppose having 19 kids is carrying it a bit too far, but if we had it to do over, who would we skip. . . you?"
Leaving out this kind of great dialogue is one of the reasons why the remake is so thin.
YOURS, MINE AND OURS is a remake of the 1968 family movie classic starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball. The 2005 remake stars Dennis Quaid as Admiral Frank Beardsley, a widower with eight kids. When he returns to New London, Conn., to head the Coast Guard Academy, he meets his high-school flame Helen North, played by Rene Russo. Frank and Helen pick up their old romance right away and get married on the spur of the moment, even though Helen has 10 children, six of which are foster children that she and her late husband adopted. Chaos ensues. Helen’s children chafe at the Admiral’s attempts to control the chaos and his kids don’t like the other children’s messy lifestyle. The two groups decide to join forces and pit the Admiral’s strict ways against Helen’s permissive, free-wheeling style.
Based on a true story, YOURS, MINE AND OURS is a fun update. The director does a good job of making all of these characters stand out. Although a bit thin, YOURS, MINE AND OURS is a good outing for the family, but brief, light foul language and an off-color joke require a caution for younger children