Yours, Mine and Ours

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Technically not a remake since most of the script is rewritten, this 2005 version is merely inspired by the 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. The new one is a family comedy aimed more directly at children. A free-spirited widow (Rene Russo) and highly disciplined-military-man (Dennis Quaid) widower, once high-school sweethearts, fall in love and get married. He runs a tight ship at home. She doesnt. Yes, they are quite different. And so are her 10 kids and his eight. The couples marriage has its challenges due to personality differences, but the marriage of 18 children under one roof has the makings for a domestic civil war. Instead, after several skirmishes, the children, ranging from ages 4 to 18, form an alliance to destroy their parents marriage so that they can all go their separate ways. Mom and Dad are about to experience trials, both intense and creative, that go well beyond those of the average first year of marriage.

This is a family movie in every possible way; its about families, and its for families. However, with its ample slapstick humor involving characters getting covered in or splattered with slime, paint, vomit and other messy goop, the film will be enjoyed by kids more than their parents. Most young kids exited, or bounce out of, the theater energized and laughing. Parents will appreciate the themes of learning how to get along and of siblings taking responsibility to cover each others back. An interesting family discussion involves Mom and Dad sorting out their views of spanking children. Differing child-raising styles a disciplined, regimented approach versus a free-style, chaotic approach come to light. The only questionable elements are mild slapstick violence and mild crude humor and innuendo. With hardly a bad word and no sexual content, nudity or uncomfortable adult themes, you can certainly embrace Yours, Mine and Ours as a safe film.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Shull

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Once moderate (p-ss 1)

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times mild (slapstick humor including paint fights, falling into tubs of slime, crashing through aisles in a store, etc.; step-siblings get in heated arguments, scuffles, pillow fights, shoving matches and paint-slinging disputes; marital conflict may disturbing for very young children)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (a play on the word google with phrases like, You googled another mans wife?; man and woman kiss on first date)

Drugs: Few times mild (drinking alcohol at a dinner party; party is thrown at home by the 18 kids, which results in a keg of beer being delivered and alcohol being consumed)

Other: Portrayal of contrasting child-raising styles from a regimented, disciplined approach to a free-style, more chaotic approach; refreshing examples of older siblings taking care of and watching out for the younger kids in the family; couple gets married on first date; half of the 18 kids get locked out of the house one morning and are stuck outside wearing nothing but bathrobes and pajamas; after a child vomits, another slips and falls in it; interesting discussion between parents on spanking children and their different views on the subject; cameo by a burping (and licking) pig makes for some good laughs

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Young Children through Adults

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