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Movie review

A heaping helping of cliches

Published November 28, 2005

MOVIE: Yours, Mine & Ours

RATING: PG for some mild crude humor

SUMMARY: Widowed Coast Guard Adm. Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) reconnects with his free-spirited, also widowed high school sweetheart, Helen North (Rene Russo), on their high school reunion cruise. On a whim, they decide to get married, hoping to rekindle the fire that once defined their relationship. This comes as a huge shock to each spouse's family. The kids - Frank has eight and Helen 10 - are not about to play nice. They move into an abandoned lighthouse/mansion (the only structure large enough for 18 kids, two adults and one extremely large potbellied pig) and begin their crazy new life together. The admiral's strict, regimented routine starkly clashes with Helen's artsy spontaneity (she's a handbag designer), and the kids just can't handle it. They set aside their differences and unite to try to break up the newlyweds.

MY VIEW: This remake of the 1968 film bearing the same name would have been much better suited as a television movie. It's cute and feel-good, with a sometimes overbubbly cast and a nice, happy ending. It holds some family entertainment value, but it's otherwise lacking in originality and spunk. Cheaper by the Dozen successfully pulled off the big-family comedy thing without falling into too many cliche traps, but this one tries a little too hard and ends up hitting every possible cliche pothole along the way. I guess the six extra kids here are just too much.

RECOMMENDATIONS: This would be a good choice for families looking for a movie to take in together that isn't quite as intense as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 comes out next month; I'd just as soon wait for that.

Grade: C

- Billy Norris, 18, is in the 12th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

[Last modified November 25, 2005, 09:49:02]

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