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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
some mild crude humor

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Bland, but generally pleasant family entertainment.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by director Raja Gosnell; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Behind-the-scenes video diary; Yours, Mine & Ours - inside the lighthouse; 18 kids - One script: The writing of Yours, Mine & Ours; Casting the North family; Casting the Beardsley family; Setting sail with the coast guard; Your Big Break! - advice for aspiring young actors.

Yours, Mine, & Ours
There very little in this movie that could actually happen in real life. Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) is a Coast Guard Admiral with eight children whom he is raising responsibly. Helen North (Rene Russo) is a designer with ten children (6 adopted and racially mixed) whom she is raising.They meet and get married immediately without even asking their respective children. Unsurprisingly the children donít like each other. So the children, who do happen to like their real parents, get together and try to torpedo the marriage. Naturally they have to get a bigger house, so what do they find? A house-lighthouse right on the beach, big enough to hold 20 people. Then what happens. Frank and Helen are invited to a party and just before they leave, one of Helenís children asks if she can ask a few friends over while they're gone. Helen says OK. The result is that what seems like the entire teenage population of the state of Connecticut ends up at the house, including a rock band! Naturally, they trash the house, leading to the childrenís hoped for result, the demise of the marriage. But when the marriage is finally over, the children have second thoughts. Unable to decide whether first time director Raja Gosnell wants his film to be a rambunctious family comedy or a tender romantic comedy, he attempts to have it both ways and ends up failing to make it anything more than just a pleasant diversion.

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