Yours, Mine, & Ours

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Blended family tale remake is mediocre.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Noisy efforts by children to break up their newly married parents

Violence

Antic, comedic violence, as kids, parents, and pets crash, fall, and, on occasion, fight.

Sex

Romantic/soon married couple kisses, briefly embraces in bed (cut to bed filled with sleeping children).

Language

One use of "."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking by adults at dinner/on dates; one scene of kids (underage) drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes crude humor, lots of drinking, and some questionable humor around homosexual stereotypes. There's a scene where beer kegs arrive at a teen party, adults drink liquor on dates and the housekeeper pours herself a martini when she's supposed to be babysitting. Kids engineer elaborate situations to break up their parents' marriage, creating domestic chaos (food, paint, toys, furniture, and pets -- here including a pig -- all in an uproar). Parents kiss and embrace; an adolescent girl kisses a boy at school, discovered by her new, and newly jealous, stepsister. One kid vomits while seasick on a boat. Language is mild, but includes homophobic jokes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe June 2, 2010
First of all, I just have to say: Watch the original! This movie, while it is cute and family friendly has nothing on the original version. The younger children... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydrake12 March 6, 2009

this is my favorite!!!

i love this movie!!! its funny, entertaining, and very well done. the best part is obviously drake bell. i would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Teen, 13 years old Written byEller5 September 23, 2015

Cute Family Movie

This is a cute, mildly funny family movie. There is several scenes with kissing, but that is a far as it goes. Also, alcohol is present a few times, including... Continue reading

What's the story?

In YOURS, MINE & OURS, Coast Guard Admiral Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) re-meets his beautiful high school sweetheart, Helen North (Rene Russo). Both have lost their spouses and have large numbers of kids (he has eight, she has ten, six of whom are adopted). They marry without telling their kids of ahead of time. Of course, the kids are unhappy with their abruptly changed living conditions. Helen's children are artistically inclined and free-spirited (the conduct family discussions using a "talking stick"); Frank's are regimented, used to following orders and running a "tight ship." (His kids come with a nanny, played by the wonderful Linda Hunt, here reduced to inglorious reaction shots.) Frictions between the kids first cause arguments (including competition between the two teen girls over a cute boy at school). Eventually, the children decide to break up their parents' marriage. They stage events --including two boys dressing up as girls and a discussion of two girls kissing -- that will cause arguments over parenting choices.

Is it any good?

A remake of the 1968 Lucille Ball-Henry Fonda vehicle, Yours, Mine & Ours is less a movie than a series of kids-in-an-uproar scenes; unfortunately, most of these scenes are neither comic nor clever. The set-up never pays off, as the characters remain one-dimensional and the emotional stakes only vaguely sketched. Given the traumas that lie behind the kids' resistance to change, the film's treatment of their struggles seems careless. Yes, it's a comedy, but it's not very funny.

Frank and Helen succumb to the kids' machinations and are on the verge of splitting and he's offered a promotion by his Commandant (Rip Torn), which means he and his kids can move away to Washington, DC and leave the Norths in Connecticut. At this point the plot falls apart completely, as the kids reverse course and must engineer, at the last minute, their parent's reconciliation. It's predictable but also nonsensical.

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