|Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo are a perfect match in this irresistible comedy about two single parents who get married...only to meet some unexpected homewreckers-their own kids!
Admiral Frank Beardsley (Quaid), a widower with eight children, runs his family like a tight ship. Frank's orderly life changes course when he impulsively marries his long-lost high school sweetheart, Helen (Russo), a free-spirited fashion designer with ten kids of her own.
For Frank and Helen's wildly different families, it's fight at first sight. So the kids hatch a plan-sabotage the marriage! What follows is a no-schemes-barred, domestic free-for-all that rocks the house with hilarious moments...and some heartwarming surprises.
Editor's NoteBased on a film from 1968 (that starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda), this is a genially sprawling family comedy about two huge families that come together to create total chaos. Helen (Renee Russo) is the free-spirited mother of ten, including six adopted children of various races. Meanwhile, Admiral Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) has eight well-trained Anglo Saxon overachievers, including a class president shoo-in (Sean Faris), a cheerleader (Katija Pevec) and a pair of sugar-addict twins (Brecken and Bridger Palmer). Among those on Helen's free-spirit side are a cute guitar-playing hipster chick (Danielle Panabaker), a sullen emo boy (Drake Bell), a rapper (Lil' JJ), a hissy-fit throwing young Asian fashion designer (Lao North), twins from India (Jennifer and Jessica Habib), and a potbellied pig. When Helen and Frank impulsively wed after reuniting at a class reunion, their differing clans resent suddenly having to share bedrooms and bathroom time with such polar opposites. Devious plans are hatched, wars waged, and very few heads escape being doused with paint or other thick gooey matter, especially poor Frank's, whose regimented military mind can hardly fathom the complexities of so many run-amok age groups. Luckily, Quaid is playing the role, and he's great at mixing broad comedy with parental authority. Russo is also strong here--still sexy as ever--and the sophisticated romantic chemistry she manages to squeeze in with Quaid between pratfalls should keep the parents happy. Raja Gosnell's (BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE) direction seems to be working overtime to provide something fun for every age, and he mostly succeeds. And any film with Linda Hunt as a martini-swilling housekeeper can't be all bad.
|Dean Patrick Jones|
|David Kidd - Screenwriter|
|Ira Shuman - Executive Producer|
|Hawk Nelson - Music|
|Christopher Beck - Composer|
|Robert Simonds - Producer|
|Tracey Trench - Producer|
|Richard Suckle - Producer|
|Theo Van De Sande - Director of Photography|
|Ron Burch - Screenwriter|
|Raja Gosnell - Director|