Friday, May 25, 2007
Ways the Original "Yours, Mine and Ours" Is Better Than the Remake
1. Lucille Ball is better than Rene Russo.
2. Henry Fonda is better than Dennis Quaid.
3. Frank Beardsley is a military man - the original is in the Navy, but the 2005 version is in the Coast Guard - that's not really the military, is it?
4. In the original, the two families did not get along because they were two different families. In the 2005 version, they felt the need to make a more obvious difference between them, so they don't get along because the Beardsleys are military and the Norths are hippies.
5. The original had one of the North kids, Phillip - a cute little 6- or 7-year-old who kept getting the short end of the stick - sort of narrate the movie. Or maybe he was just in it a lot - anyway, he was cute. (Played by Eric Shea - also in the original Poseidon Adventure - maybe I'll do that list later.)
6. The 2005 version had a pig as a family pet. Ewww.
7. The original showed the difficulties of raising a family with 18 kids in a light-hearted and cute way. The 2005 version relied on Dennis Quaid falling into various liquids.
8. The original had this fantastic quote from Frank Beardsley/Henry Fonda: "All the crazy haircuts in the world won't keep it (life) turning. Life isn't a love in, it's the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and... ground round instead of roast beef. And I'll tell you something else: it isn't going to a bed with a man that proves you're in love with him; it's getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts."