Director Raja Gosnell impressed me with his unapologetic tone when the critics in our interview room were hammering him. He set out to make a movie, and he made it the way he wanted it. As it turns out, the interviews with the cast and filmmakers turned me around on this film.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with the film at first, but the cast and crew revealed the heart of their mission: to create a fun family film. Everyone seemed genuinely excited about the movie. The expressions on their faces and their voices conveyed a sense of gratification from a job well done. Dennis Quaid said, "I always thought this was a romantic comedy with kids. Most of the time I know when I go see a family film with my son, it'll be a really nice nap for me. There's nothing in it for me. But, this I thought had something for everybody."
Entertainment Weekly’s review of Chicken Little criticized the movie for a lack of originality. Sure, the animation was terrific, the review said; but gosh, haven’t we heard this story before? When I read the review, I thought: Gee, who do they think this movie is for? Jaded 45-year olds? I seriously doubt many first graders will react to Chicken Little in the way that I might.
Similarly, Yours, Mine & Ours is, of course, only the latest in a spate of family-movie remakes. And like the EW reviewer, we can carp about Paramount’s lack of originality; or we can be grateful that kids today can relive some of the fun that we enjoyed when we were younger—in the theatre, not at home watching decades-old movies on DVD.
This is a film that kids will absolutely love. At first, I was not particularly impressed with it. The predictable plot and heavy use of slapstick is not generally my style. However, as I left the theater, a mom asked her son, “How did you like the movie?” He replied with unbelievable enthusiasm, “I loved it! It was awesome!” That’s when I got it.
Children’s films of our generation appeal to a different side of the child’s psyche – that of fun and desire. What kid wouldn’t want to roll a watermelon down the stairs and chase a pig through the house? Many children only dream of doing the outrageous things that are done in the North household, and I wouldn’t exclude the military-like Beardsley household either...
Ever wished you were part of a big family, or want to have one of your own some day? Well, watch this movie first! It might sway you one way or the other. And even if you don’t have any desire for big families, you should catch this film. It is hilarious with one comedic situation on the heels of another. After all, take one single parent who runs his family of eight children with the same militaristic organization talents that made him an admiral in the Coast Guard; and another hippy-like single parent whose number one rule, for her ten children, is “A house is not for impression, but free expression”. Put them together and it doesn’t take much imagination to come up with a humorous storyline.\