Dir: Raja Gosnell. US. 2005. 90mins.
Looking to follow the Cheaper By The Dozen formula to box officesuccess, Yours, Mine & Ours is atiresome kids comedy that's never as funny as it is loud and oddlymean-spirited.
Opening Nov 23 inthe US, the film (with its PG rating) will be hoping to attract younger totswary of the darker Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. The real unknown, though, iswhether family audiences will find Yours,Mine & Ours' too-many-kids-not-enough-parents storyline too similar to2003's Cheaper By TheDozen - especially with a Cheapersequel coming at Christmas. Regardless, Yours should be a reliable ancillary performer.
Based on the 1968film (which itself was based on Helen Beardsley's memoir, Who Gets The Drumstick'), this remake introduces us to uptightmilitary man Frank (Quaid) and artsy free spiritHelen (Rene Russo), recently widowed teenage sweethearts who reconnect at their30th high school reunion.
Despite the manyyears apart, and the fact that combined they have 18 children, they impetuouslydecide to marry, bringing their large families together under one roof.
By no means aclassic, the original benefited from the presence of Henry Fonda and LucilleBall as the romantic leads trying to balance new love with old parentalresponsibilities.
But although Quaid and Russo are good sports, director Raja Gosnell (known for lucrative but juvenile comedies such as
Unhappily, Gosnell doesn't concern himself with credible performancesfrom his young cast. His primary responsibility seems to be outdoing
Alsounsuccessfully, this remake concerns itself not with the adjustments necessaryfor the two families to coexist (as the original did) but on the kids' plan tobreak up their parents. Though a unique way for the two sets of siblings tobond, it makes for a very unlikable family film, almost an anti-
After spendingmost of its screen time plotting the destruction of Frank and Helen's love, Gosnell's Yours, Mine& Ours predictably must change course in the third act so that therecan be the required happy ending for all involved.
The original filmmay look quaint to modern eyes, but it nevertheless drove home the importanceof family, whereas the new version only illustrates how frenzied and emptyfamily movies have become.
Quaid and Russo display a relaxed, grown-upsexiness that makes them a good romantic match.
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From the screenplay by Melville Shavelson and Mort Lachman, story by Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr
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