We’re almost done our first round of Netflix A-Z! I’ve been uber diverting from the original list. I like being spontaneous so you know what, we’ll just let it flow. I’ve been craving family comedy and Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid are cool. This one looks like a bucket of fun and mischief. I’ve been one to love movies (when I was younger) like It Takes Two or The Parent Trap. I have revisited the former this year and I still thought it was entertaining. So, Its not a surprise that Yours, Mine and Ours seems like something right up my alley.
Let’s check it out! 🙂
Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Sean Faris, Danielle Panabaker, Katja Pevec, Drake Bell, Andrew Vo, Nicholas Roget-King, Linda Hunt
A widowed Coast Guard Admiral and a widow handbag designer fall in love and marry, much to the dismay of her 10 and his 8 children.-IMDB
I think the first thing I need to set straight is that when faced with family comedies, I’m very forgiving. I expect that its predictable and that the humor is usually based on mischief and mishaps. Yours, Mine and Ours is really no different. It has all the tropes that you’d expect and the same with the storyline. But like I said, I’m forgiving so its only met my expectations to just have fun with it. This family comedy is far from some of the best that I’d watch over and over again but I particularly love that there were some surprise younger appearances that I didn’t know was in this movie. I’ll touch on this when I discuss characters later. The story might not be all that awesome but the kids are awesome. They are a lot of fun to watch.
There’s nothing like creating two opposite characters to fall in love and meshing their different family values and habits together then adding 18 children into the mix. Mess versus order being the main thing. Its about finding a balance but its also that relationships aren’t built in a second. It takes time and the same goal and you know its going to happen the same for these characters. The kids are going to subconsciously get along and bond as they scheme to pull their parents apart and when they succeed, they will be the ones to try to mend it again. However, what is fun are absolutely how this cast portrays the characters. We know Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid already. I don’t watch either of them frequently and honestly, I haven’t seen a movie of Rene Russo since The Thomas Crown Affair so its a totally different vibe here. However, the stars in this one are definitely the kids. Its hard for me to say they are kids because it has some surprises. Danielle Panabaker who is now in Flash, did Time Lapse and Friday the 13th remake, etc is in this and Sean Faris who is in Pretty Little Liars playing Detective Holbrook is also in this, playing two of the older siblings. Watching them as teens is an interesting turn in events, more so for Sean Faris (although he was in Never Back Down) than Danielle Panabaker.
Excuse my ramble. I like those two. Point is, the kids are awesome, especially the younger kids here. You see the kid in the yellow shirt in the picture up there? He plays one of the younger ones called Aldo and he is seriously cute as a button. And that is just the start. The shenanigans they pull may be predictable but still, you just need to accept this movie for what it is. Its meant to be silly and entertaining suitable for everyone. This brings me to the point that Dennis Quaid had some creepy expressions, especially one of his ending happy smiles. *shivers* And the dialogue he had was so cheesy and sappy. *shivers*
Overall, there isn’t so much to say about Yours, Mine & Ours. Its a predictable family comedy. Despite it being that, its exactly what I expected and wanted and its a nice feeling to come out feeling entertained. Its not great but the young cast here make up for a lot of the dialogue flaws in the parents and the whole “I’m not sure Dennis Quaid can do comedy” feeling that I was having.