Plot: What’s it about?
Frank (Dennis Quaid) is an Admiral, he runs a tight ship and has his household on a strict order of rules and regulations. Even with nine children, he is able to maintain order and his children have taken to his system well, except for the frequent moves. His wife passed on, but he hasn’t tried to date again since, even though his home could use a little feminine presence. Helen (Rene Russo) has ten kids, some her own and some adopted, but her home is more free spirited and creative, with few rules. Frank and Helen have very different lives, but they dated back in high school and when Frank moves back, the two are reunited. As soon as they meet again, the sparks fly and on a whim, the two wind up married. Of course, the vast differences in how their families work prove to be an instant conflict. When the children decide to stop fighting and work on breaking up Helen and Frank, what will become of his unusual family?
I’ve seen the original Yours, Mine & Ours and while brisk, the film isn’t that great, so at least this remake had the chance to do the concept more justice. But that doesn’t happen. Instead, we suffer through an entire film of cliche after cliche, as if they’re all written down and checked off in order. This is some of the least creative stuff I have ever seen, even by brisk family cinema standards. The movie is so predictable and not just the basics either, even the small twists and comedy set pieces are telegraphed. And while some comedy can work when you know it is coming, this kind of material sinks like a stone. Russo and Quaid are solid in their roles, but this is a total waste of their talents. If you prefer films where there is no tension and the story is pure paint by numbers, with no surprises, then this your flick. I could overlook all of these flaws if there was a sliver of entertainment, but I detested every second of this clunker. But if you did like the pain involved, Paramount’s Special Collector’s Edition is worth a look, though a rental should suffice.
Video: How does it look?
Yours, Mine & Ours is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. As has become typical for Paramount on new releases, the image here looks terrific and shows minimal flaws, so fans should be most pleased. I did see some slight edge enhancement, but aside from that, this is one clean, sharp looking visual presentation. The print used is as clean as we’d expect from such a recent film, while colors look vivid and really stand out, but no signs of error can be seen, which is good news with hues this rich. I saw no troubles with flesh tones either, as they look natural and as for contrast, black levels appear refined and well balanced here. All in all, another superb day & date treatment from Paramount.
Audio: How does it sound?
The usual comedy mix is found here, but that proves to be enough, thanks to a more than acceptable Dolby Digital 5.1 track. I wouldn’t recommend this disc as a reference track, but the material sounds good and while surround use is not that impressive, the material never really needs it to be, so it all works out. The musical soundtrack adds some depth and enhances the presence, but outside of that, this is a conservative audio presentation. But the dialogue is crystal clear and no problems surface, so I see no need to complain. This disc also includes a 2.0 option, a French language track, and subtitles in English and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The most hilarious part of this movie is Raja Gosnell’s audio commentary, in which he seems upbeat and even proud of the movie. I can understand the idea of directing a lame flick to get paid, but come on, don’t act like you’ve created a masterpiece. The included featurettes are more of the same, ass kissing and total ignorance of how atrocious this movie is. You can also check out some deleted scenes. This is the worst assortment of self praising supplements I think I’ve ever witnessed.