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Yours, Mine and Ours

Yours, Mine and Ours
Katija Pevec

Katija Pevec

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Christina Beardsley
Age: 16 years old
Miranda Cosgrove

Miranda Cosgrove

Screen Time: 50%
Role: Joni North
Age: 11 years old
Miki Ishikawa

Miki Ishikawa

Screen Time: 45%
Role: Naoko North
Age: 13 years old
Danielle Panabaker

Danielle Panabaker

Screen Time: 70%
Role: Phoebe North
Age: 17 years old
Haley Ramm

Haley Ramm

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Kelly Beardsley
Age: 12 years old

 

Yours, Mine and Ours

2005
Rating: 7 (3 votes)
Directed: Raja Gosnell
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443295

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Summary

Admiral Frank Beardsley returns to New London to run the Coast Guard Academy, his last stop before a probable promotion to head the Guard. A widower with eight children, he runs a loving but tight ship, with charts and salutes. The kids long for a permanent home. Helen North is a free spirit, a designer whose ten children live in loving chaos, with occasional group hugs. Helen and Frank, high school sweethearts, reconnect at a reunion, and it's love at first re-sighting. They marry on the spot. Then the problems start as two sets of kids, the free spirits and the disciplined preppies, must live together. The warring factions agree to work together to end the marriage.

Movie Reviews

Blended family stirs up a bit of fun

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

By Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A pig at the breakfast table?

Even the most lovesick newlywed might question a pet pig sitting with a dozen and a half children eating their morning meal. But in the comedy "Yours, Mine & Ours," the fastidious Coast Guard admiral (Dennis Quaid) doesn't object.

  


    Yes, this is not your baby-boomer's "Yours, Mine and Ours," the 1968 comedy starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda as a couple who brought 18 children into their marriage and then had a baby, which accounted for the "ours." It was based on a real woman, who wrote about her famously big family in "Who Gets the Drumstick?"

This time, Helen (Rene Russo) has 10 offspring and Frank Beardsley (Quaid) has eight. She's a free-spirited purse designer whose husband died in a car accident; they had four children and adopted another six after serving as foster parents. Frank, meanwhile, is a widower with eight children who has returned to his hometown of New London, Conn., after moving his brood all over the country.

Helen and Frank were high school sweethearts who reunite, impulsively marry and find themselves trying to make their bumpily blended family work. They move into a home the size of a small bed-and-breakfast (complete with a lighthouse) and wait for their children to get along. But that only happens once they bond over a common enemy: their parents.

"Yours, Mine & Ours" bears more than a passing resemblance to "Cheaper by the Dozen," with comedic chaos in any number of places, usually involving Quaid being plunged, face first, into a pan of paint or a small pool of goo in a home improvement store.

Googling, cell phones and Webcasting help to update the story, but it seems stuck in a time when parents left the chores to a single inattentive housekeeper. That is what happens with Mrs. Munion (Linda Hunt), who worked for Frank before Helen came along.

I remember seeing the Ball-Fonda film at the Bellevue Theater at age 12 or so, and I loved it. This one seems more like artificial sweetener than real sugar, but the younger members of the audience should delight in the prospect of imagining life in a family of 20 -- if you don't count the pet pig.