We all know the “too-many-kids-family-comedy” movies out there. I mean there are so many, they are Cheaper by the Dozen. (I know, I know, I’m here all week, folks). Heck, there are sequels, ripoffs, and remakes out there; it’s a popular genre. And speaking of remakes, Yours, Mine and Ours, the movie that Olive has released on blu-ray has it’s own remake with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. But we’ll cover that one another time.
Today we will talk about the 1968 original, one of the earliest pioneers of the genre.
The Movie (4/5)
Yours, Mine and Ours is the story of two military widows with children who find each other in the dating scene and hit it off real well together. The only problem is that she has 8 kids and he has a whopping 10!
This movie is a really well done and heartwarming comedy that perfectly casts Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda as the parents of an incredible number of children. We follow these two love birds (he is a Navy man who’s come ashore to be with his kids, and she is a nurse) as they face the difficulties of dating at an older age, while putting up with the unhappy offspring that they each have. This of course comes with it’s own pranks and tough situations, but with his discipline and resolve, and her kindness and understanding, they are able to make things work — for the most part.
While some of the humor is quite dated (as are views of women in the work place and dating world), the film is still highly entertaining and surprisingly funny, even by today’s standards. The acting is a bit over the top, which gives it charm, and for having so many characters in the house, you get a surprising amount of unique characters in the children as well.
Older comedy movies can be really hit and miss, as a lot of the jokes lose their luster over the years, but Yours, Mine and Ours holds up really well.
The Picture 4/5
I was very pleased with the picture quality in this release. The colors popped out and were very inviting, which is relatively uncommon in older films in my experience. The film grain was noticeable, but the image remains highly detailed and quite clear. Some scenes suffer from old age a little more than others, but overall this was an enjoyable watch.
The Sound 3/5
As is the case with most older films, the sound is nothing spectacular. The lack of technology at the time makes for a more centered listening experience, but they make do with what they’ve got. The movie sounded perfectly passable, and I never had to adjust the volumes to hear every line, which is more than I can say for some older movies I’ve seen.
The Features & Packaging 1.5/5
Olive Films has a very consistent packaging for their releases. As always, we get their sturdy blu-ray case with art on one side of the sleeve and art on the disc. Inside you will find an insert for other Olive releases.
Unfortunately, the only special feature on this release is a trailer for the film. It’s nice to have, but with nothing else, this is basically a bare bones release.
The Verdict 3.5/5
While the lack of special features is highly disappointing, this movie has aged very well and is surprisingly fun to watch. I can definitely recommend this as family viewing or for a trip down memory lane.
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Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.