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(2005), PG [PG*] (1hr 21min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Time Productions Inc., Robert Simonds Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Director(s): Raja Gosnell
Producer(s): Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds, Richard Suckle, Richard Suckle, Tracey Trench
Screenpaly (2005): Ron Burch, David Kidd
Screenplay (1968): Melville Shavelson, Mort Lachman
Motion Picture Story (1968): Madelyn Davis, Bob Carroll Jr.
Cinematography/Camera: Theo van de Sande
Music: Christophe Beck
Film Editing: Steve Rotter
Casting: Shalimar Reodica, Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Linda DeScenna
Art Direction: James Nedza
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Yours, Mine & Ours (PG [PG) is a somewhat touching film with a relatively large emotional swing from light-hearted comedy to potential disaster for a whirlwind marriage. But these are subjective matters for your discovery should you decide that what we reveal about this film is fit for your family. That is what we do. We tell you what is there in accordance with the teachings and expectations of Jesus. You decide whether it is fit for your kids, so unlike the MPAA which, whether intentional, by assigning an age stratum to their classifications decides for you the fitness of a film for what age. Such are restrictions are not the MPAA's job. Nor mine. That is your job.
Widower Admiral Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) has eight children with no wife. They are William (Sean Faris), Christina (Katija Pevec), Harry (Dean Collins), Michael (Tyler Patrick Jones), Kelly (Haley Ramm), Ely (Brecken Palmer), Otter (Bridger Palmer) and Ethan (Ty Panitz). The lot are quite well behaved and respectful. The Beardsley family is a good example of conservative (except for the skirt the teen girl wears to school). Admiral Beardsley runs a tight ship at home as well as in the Coast Guard.
Widow Helen White (Rene Russo), Helen North since marriage, has ten kids: four biological and six adopted (I can relate to that
Frank and Helen were high school sweethearts. The king and queen of the graduation prom I believe.
After suffering multiple moves by the Coast Guard, the Beardsley kids are ready to settle down. They suggest Admiral Frank to do just that. Politely, of course.
One day in a restaurant on a blind date (with the ex-wife of one of his staff), Frank meets Helen who was entertaining a client. This was the first time they had met since high school. An old flame seemed to flare in both. The flame flared enough to lead to marriage that same night.
Not having adequate quarters in their respective abodes, Frank moves the family of twenty into an old lighthouse that has many rooms. Soon the friction between the kids builds to the ignition point. Not long after the marriage the kids unite and plot to break up the marriage so they may return to their former lives.
This film is a remake of a 1968 film of the same title starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball. But not having seen or analyzed the 1968 version, I cannot say whether it presents more or less youthful arrogance than the 2005 version. The trend of modern films would say it does, but I have no proof of it.
While I can make no comparison with the 1968 version, this film contains enough questionable morality to warrant your scrutiny prior to taking your family to see it.
While this 2005 version is certainly not a violent film beyond slapstick and wrestling violence, it does contain a notable number of examples of disrespect, arrogance and rebellion against fair authority, namely parental plus two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. And though it may be expected of adolescents to flair at parents it is not right for them to do so, especially when they are conspiring to break up their parents. [Exod. 20:12 which calls for atention to Eph. 6:4]
Sexually oriented programming is mostly limited to pushing the moral envelope with short skirts, kissing and physical contact between students in school, implication of wearing "naughty" underwear and a rude gaze. [Prov. 30:12]
Illegal drugs are not even mentioned and alcoholic beverage consumption is limited to social drinking by adults. There was what Hollywood thinks is a teen party without adult supervision, but no evidence of drinking alcoholic beverages was noted. Though drinking of alcoholic beverages in this film is quite "lite" in comparison to many films, such a demonstration has a potential to plant emboldenment in your youth. [Eph. 5:18]
Offense to God was limited to a few uses of God's name in vain, once by an adolescent. [Deut. 5:11] Murder or suicide was not noted.
The objective listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section is, as always, your best source of help to make your own informed moral decision whether the film is or is not fit for your family.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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