Admiral Frank Beardsley returns to New London to run the Coast Guard Academy, his last stop before a probable promotion to head the Guard. A widower with eight children, he runs a loving but tight ship, with charts and salutes. The kids long for a permanent home. Helen North is a free spirit, a designer whose ten children live in loving chaos, with occasional group hugs. Helen and Frank, high school sweethearts, reconnect at a reunion, and it's love at first re-sighting. They marry on the spot. Then the problems start as two sets of kids, the free spirits and the disciplined preppies, must live together. The warring factions agree to work together to end the marriage.Written by
At 40 years old, I'm all too familiar with the original "Yours, Mine & Ours," starring Henry Fonda & Lucille Ball. My only reason for having any interest in that movie in recent times, is that the late Fred Karlin(composer for the theme from "Up the Down Staircase") was responsible for the musical score. However, Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, and Fred Karlin are all dead, so I didn't expect anything relevant to the original. Part of the reason I wanted to see this otherwise pointless remake was yet another attempt to find a role where Danielle Panabaker isn't on the verge of tears... and on that quest, I can announce I've succeeded.
Otherwise, the only other distinctions between this and the original, are that the original took place on the West Coast, while the remake takes place on the East Coast. Instead of joining the military like his old man in the original, the oldest Beardsly boy runs for student body president. Oh, and unlike Lucille Ball's Helen Beardsley, Rene Russo's doesn't get pregnant.
My only hope is that if(God forbid) there ever IS a sequel to "Yours, Mine and Ours," it's not a carbon copy of "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," because that would show even more of a lack of originality on the part of Hollywood than you've got now.
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