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YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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"‘Yours, Mine & Ours' is really a romantic comedy — with the romance coming after the kids come along,” says Dennis Quaid, who stars in the new film alongside Rene Russo. Quaid plays a Coast Guard Admiral widower with eight kids who spontaneously marries his free-spirited high school sweetheart, who now — 30 years later — is widowed with 10 kids of her own.

"The movie has a lot of romantic comedy elements,” says Russo. "Kids will love it, of course — but I think their parents will, too. That's something we all want as parents — I want to take my kid to a movie that I can also enjoy.”

"I'm really excited to be updating a family classic like ‘Yours, Mine & Ours,'" says Raja Gosnell, director of the film. "We have a fabulous cast led by Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo in a rare project that combines comedy, romance and step-family dynamics. It has loads of charm and should appeal to the entire family.”

"I'm very proud of the fact that ‘Yours, Mine & Ours' is as much a romantic comedy as it is a family comedy,” says producer Robert Simonds. "We have two very sexy stars who show that sparks can fly no matter how many kids are in the brood.”

"I think the film works as both a romantic comedy and a family comedy because it speaks to parents coping with adulthood romance and their children, who can relate to the merging of families that happens to so many of us,” says producer Michael Nathanson. "What I like about the inherent story is that it shows that romance doesn't end after the honeymoon. Rather, sometimes it doesn't start until late in life!”

The filmmakers and cast approached the film with a proper admiration for the original, a family favorite from 1968 that starred Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball. Still, the update brings home to a generation all the changes that families have undergone in the last 37 years.

Linda Hunt, who plays the Beardsleys' right-hand-gal Mrs. Munion, says, "I don't know if it's right to call it a remake. It certainly is the inspiration for this movie. We've taken the bare essentials of it — a couple, each has lost their spouses, one has eight kids and the other has ten — and from there we've built upon it from there.”

For Nathanson, the film marks a turning point and holds a special place. "When I first saw the original ‘Yours, Mine & Ours' years ago, I thought it was a great candidate for an update — the comedy is still fresh. I was ecstatic when I was able to put it into production as my last film at MGM. With Raja directing and Bob joining me as a producer, we had the perfect team to bring it to the big screen.”

Frank and Helen were high-school sweethearts, but lost touch after graduation, going their separate ways. When they meet again 30 years later, they shock each other with the number of kids in each brood. Impulsively, the two quickly tie the knot and surprise their kids with a new parent.

The trouble comes as Helen and Frank bring their two very different parenting styles to raising the jumbled family. Coast Guard Admiral Frank brings a rigorous approach, keeping everything ship-shape and running like clockwork. Helen, on the other hand, proclaims that "homes are for free expression, not for good impressions.” Both the Beardsleys and the Norths find themselves in a culture clash.

Robert Simonds says, "Dennis and Rene were the perfect choices to play these characters. On top of being terrific actors, they both have what it takes to work with a group of 18 kids: infinite patience and an ability to control the situation. They were our perfect parents.”

Michael Nathanson adds, "Dennis is a consummate professional and my very first choice for the role of Frank. He has this untapped gift for physical comedy that really endears itself to his everyman charm. Rene is one of those gifted actresses who can<

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