06 June 2009

Yours, Mine and Ours (starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda)


'Yours, Mine and Ours' is an American film from 1968, based apparently on a true story.

The story is about two widowed people with large families who meet and fall in love. Frank (played by Henry Fonda) has ten children, while Helen (Lucille Ball) has eight. With so many children, it takes much discussion and indecision before they decide that they really do want to get married.

Trying to blend the two families together (eighteen children in all, aged eighteen down to about two) produces significant difficulties... as might be expected. The children are not particularly unpleasant, but they're all quite lively and none of them is keen on the idea of a whole host of new step-siblings.


There’s some humour, and quite some touching moments, with a fairly predictable resolution. It feels comfortably dated, and while it's rated PG in the UK due - I assume - to some alcohol and sexual references, in the US it is not rated at all. There's nothing too deep in the storyline, which keeps moving along at great pace, so it makes a pleasant evening’s viewing for a couple or family, without any great mental strain.

Recommended.

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