Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (numerous times on Video, DVD, 23 May 2013 and 26 Jun 2016)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a widower with 10 children who meets a widow with 8 and decide to get married.
My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite family movies.
For as long as I can recall, I have thought of this as the perfect movie about blended families.
I grew up in a blended family and when I got remarried 6 years ago, I created my own blended family which really reflects the title of this movie since we now have two daughters together.
This was the first time that my wife had the pleasure of seeing it and she now understands why I have always toted this as such a great movie.
They are able to properly balance the drama and humor associated with these kind of situations.
Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda are perfect together because they have so much chemistry on screen together. There are rumors that they were lovers while making this film and if true, that must have helped make it all seem so genuine.
The attitudes of the two main characters really reflect how one should raise a family and keep a relationship together because each one knows what’s important to the other.
While watching this, I was able to easily notice the way that they discuss very frank and adult issues dealing with parenthood and relationships that are essential to a good family environment but are still able to keep the movie upbeat and wholesome.
The success of this film is what eventually got The Brady Bunch TV show green-lit because it showed that even stories about blended families can work.
Van Johnson does a great job in a pivotal role as a friend of the couple.
This is among the few movies that I personally would give a rating of 10/10.
This was pretty unsuccessfully remade in 2005 with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. 😦 and if memory serves, it wasn’t very good. (I’m now gonna rewatch that one to double-check tho)
Bottom Line – Such a great feel good movie that has been a staple among my favorite movies for as long as I can recall. Fonda and Ball are both superb here and get the right balance of drama and comedy. Johnson is fun as their best friend. Discusses frankly serious issues of parenthood and relationships that are universal and are essential to a good working relationship. Helped make The Brady Bunch a successful TV show. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During a Barbara Walters interview, Jane Fonda claimed that her father was deeply in love with Lucille Ball and that the two were “very close” during the filming of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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