Yours, Mine & Ours resurrects a 1968 comedy which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. This remake, with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo as the parents of a modern-day "Brady Bunch" blended family, just doesn't cut it.
Peter T. Chattaway (Christianity Today Movies), who grew up with the '68 version, compares the two editions: "Alas, that moral sensibility—and the small, realistic touches that made the original film so endearing—are almost completely missing from the new Yours, Mine & Ours, which … turns the entire story into a series of physically painful pratfalls and extremely unlikely plot twists."
His closing words? "Young kids might like the film … and parents in a pinch might turn to the film as a babysitter, but really, that would be not unlike feeding your kids a bowl of marshmallows while the beer party goes on downstairs. This movie is every bit as junky, and that ain't good."
"It's refreshing to see a story that so strongly supports intact families," says Tom Neven (Plugged In), "and both parents and children learn important lessons about love, patience and the law of unintended consequences." But he can't decide who's supposed to enjoy this movie. "The Nickelodeon slapstick is not likely to appeal to teens. The conflict among the older teens is not likely to appeal to younger kids. And a bit of gratuitous though minor sexual content and some borderline language will likely have families thinking about whether they want to make Yours, Mine & Ours theirs."
Harry Forbes (Catholic News Service) says, "Despite a heart-tugging ending, director Raja Gosnell relies way too much on unrealistic slapstick. … Apart from some mild innuendo, there's nothing objectionable here from a moral standpoint. ...1
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