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Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

Admiral Frank Beardsley runs the Coast Guard Academy. He is also a widower with eight children and runs his family like the academy. Helen North on the other hand is a free spirited bag designer with ten children…most of them adopted. During a high school reunion, Frank and Helen, who as it turns out were high school sweethearts, are reunited and almost immediately fall in love all over again. Soon they are married. How do you bring together two families with a total of 18 kids to live together under one roof. Will it be chaos?

Yours, Mine and Ours is actually a remake of the original 1968 version starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda as the two leads. I have actually watched the original movie and really really like it. It was a fun and funny family film. I loved seeing how things worked in the 60’s…and how they dressed too. And with 18 kids…it was fun seeing how the family get through the typical family stuff like preparing breakfast and getting ready for school/work…Then there was the scene where they were buying groceries…how many loaves of bread did they buy???

Anyway…so I was kinda apprehensive when I heard that they were making a remake…most remakes a couple steps down from the original. Any how…I still decided to watch this one…just to see how bad it could be…And surprisingly…I didn’t find it horribly bad. I actually enjoyed watching it. I mean seriously I thought it was much much better than the Cheaper by the Dozen remakes…I found them annoying…ok maybe…that’s attributed to Hilary Duff’s character’s constant whining…actually all the children were whiny. And I also found Yours, Mine and Ours to have less cringe worthy scenes…compared to Cheaper by the Dozen.

But don’t be mistaken…this movie does have several flaws…or more like stuff that I didn’t like. I’d much prefer if they stick more to the original storyline…where…Helen North was not a free spirited hippie type…who loves mess and adopted a bunch of kids. And I have no idea…why today’s made for family flick loves mess…there was the eating breakfast mess…the painting mess…oh and the shopping mess…where the twins got on the lifting machine…I mean seriously those scenes were not funny…I can’t remember the original having any of that stuff…and of course we all know…the original was much better…Maybe its time people stick to the old formula?

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