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Year: 2005
USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Rip Torn, Linda Hunt, Jerry O'Connell, David Koechner, Sean Faris, Katija Pevec, Dean Collins, Tyler Patrick Jones, Haley Ramm, Brecken Palmer, Bridger Palmer, Ty Panitz, Danielle Panabaker, Drake Bell, Miki Ishikawa, Slade Pearce, Lil' JJ, Miranda Cosgrove, Andrew Vo, Jennifer Habib, Jessica Habib, Nicholas Roget-King, Jenica Bergere, Josh Henderson, Lisa Waltz, Jimmy Bradley, Mateo Arias, Jaelin Palmer, Connor Matheus, Jordan Wright, Dan Mott, Rueben Grundy, Lisa Richman, Beau Holden, Kirsten Gronfield, Sydney Castillo, Ricky Fante, Diane Woods Carter, Donna Taylor, Jason Dunn, Aaron Tosti, Daniel Biro, Jonathan Steingard, Bradley Gosnell
Director: Raja Gosnell
Country: USA
USA: 90 mins
UK: 88 mins
USA Rated: PG for some mild crude humor
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 23 November 2005
UK Release Date: 31 March 2006


In this family comedy, single parents Frank (Dennis Quaid) and Helen (Rene Russo) tie the knot... but with 18 children between them trying to sabotage the marriage, they discover that marriages - and families - can't be built in a day.

When Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid), a widower with eight children, runs into his high school sweetheart, Helen North (Rene Russo), it's as if thirty years never passed! Helen, also a widow with ten kids of her own that include the six she and her husband adopted, feels the attraction as well. It's no wonder they rush into marriage without telling their kids. True love can conquer all - right?

Unfortunately for Frank and Helen, the families don't mesh quite as easily as the newlyweds had hoped. They probably should have seen the culture clash coming: the disciplined Beardsleys run things by the book; for the energetic and vivacious Norths, there is no book. Helen's kids aren't pleased about moving and sharing rooms with a bunch of uptight strangers. Frank's children have nothing in common with the unruly Norths. Since both sets of kids aren't happy, they devise a plan to undermine the marriage and team up to plot the breakup. East meets west as the two families find a way to work together - in order to separate!

Just when it appears that the kids have succeeded, they realize they like each other despite their differences - they don't want their families to split up! Can they save Frank and Helen's marriage after they so brilliantly split them up? It's up to Frank and Helen...

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