YOURS MINE AND OURS: DVD
A widowed Coast Guard Admiral, Frank Bradsley (Dennis Quaid) with 8 children reconnects with childhood sweetheart now handbag designer Helen North (Rene Russo) with 10 children. They marry without consulting their kids, who instantly loath each other. Frank has the little Beardsleys all shipshape, while Helen's bohemian approach to parenting is live and let live. But both sets of kids want to sabotage the marriage.
Review by Louise Keller:
Organisation meets chaos in Yours, Mine and Ours, a good natured family comedy that is entertaining in a sweet kind of way. No nonsense routine is the order of the day for Dennis Quaid's admiral Frank, while Rene Russo's arty designer Helen can only get through life in a mess. Quaid and Russo take on the Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball roles in this remake of the 1968 family comedy in which two large families unite, resulting in a ship-load of conflict.
The relationships may be the stuff fantasies are made of, but the leads are appealing, the children cute and the situations funny. 'Homes are for free expression, not good impressions,' says Helen, who revels in untidiness, contrary to her immaculate appearance. Frank runs the home like a military institution, and when the two families move in together, in a rambling, double storey seaside home with a lighthouse, he creates colour-coded rosters for household tasks and activities. Opposites attract when it comes to Frank and Helen's romance: they manage to have candle-lit get-together, despite squabbling kids, an eccentric housekeeper who has a penchant for a dry martini (Linda Hunt, subtle) and a pet pig that is seen carrying a pizza, jumping on the dining table and shares a bedroom scene with Frank.
The kids are delightful and we understand their dilemma as they turn Frank and Helen's life upside down. While the film is ultra light and bright with slapstick and funny situations, the underlying themes of love and family are never far away. Uplifting and charming, this is a family film sure to please all ages.
Special features on the DVD include an audio commentary by director Raja Gosnell, deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, plus behind the scenes features
Published September 6, 2006
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YOURS MINE AND OURS: DVD (PG)
CAST: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Sean Faris, Katija Pevec, Dean Collins, Tyler Patrick Jones, Haley Ramm, Bracken Palmer, Bridger Palmer, Ty Panitz, Danielle Panabaker, Drake Bell, Miki ishikawa, Slade Pearce, Lil JJ, Miranda Cosgrove, Andrew Vo, Jennifer Habib, Jessica Habib, Nicholas Roget-King, Rip Torn, Linda Hunt, Jerry O'Connell, David Koechner
PRODUCER: Robert Simonds, Richard Suckle
DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell
SCRIPT: Ron Burch, David Kidd (based on 1968 screenplay)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Theo van de Sande
EDITOR: Bruce Green, Stephen A. Rotter, Steve Rotter
MUSIC: Christopher Beck
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Linda DeScenna
RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 13, 2006
SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentary by director Raja Gosnell; Never-before-seen deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; Behind-the-scenes making of featurette; 6 additional behind-the-scenes featurettes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: September 6, 2006
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