Save your money for something good and enjoyable
Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast
One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.
It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
Jobeth Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Cynthia Stevenson, and Ed Begly Jr. They are the only reason this show keeps anyone coming back. Not hard to see why. They're seasoned actors that carry us through each formulaic episode order. This show in particular has an every-other-episode way about it.Every other episode features Williams and Dreyfuss, or Stevenson and Begly Jr. Our two main characters (Kyle Howard, Kat Foster) are a loving couple, with two kids, and probably a nice little house, white picket fence, etc. They spend each episode at either parent's house where off-the-wall issues ensue. Premise is promising. The trials and tribulations that a couple have to endure as they work through the differences and culture clash of the parents they're visiting. Each episode feature's the other side of the family. This is common ground that any married couple will have to deal with, so it's a relatively approachable and identifiable status. No big deal, except that the writing (ie-punch lines, gag response et al) are a little too predictable in this day and age. We've seen it all before. Supporting siblings (brothers sisters) are easy to pin-point. Sibling rivalry's and difference of opinion seems to be the ONLY arc that comes forth in any given episodic visit. The aforementioned four Parental units are often relegated to modern day lingo complete with swearing, sex humor, and often falling to the same cliché'd behavior as the younger characters. Perhaps this is because they are marketing it for the unfortunate younger demographic, as just about any and every network, production co. and media format seems to do. Shame. Next there is the acting itself. Our two main cast members Kyle Howard and Kat Foster are enthusiastic but amateur in their portrayals. You'd see the same thing in a standard high school or college production. They give it there best shots every episode and some of it can be adorable at best, but it always pales in comparison to the supporting players. In fact, all the supporting players who feature in every other episode are far more interesting and the cast entertaining. Some new direction and writing might clean this up, maybe. The goods surely come from said parental actors. The issue's that come with a non-original member of either family are not unfamiliar but that way either Williams and Dreyfuss, or Stevenson and Begly Jr. pull it off, it's always fun and endearing, no matter how pedestrian or acrid some of the material can be. It's all about the parent's here.
This show has so many comedic situational possibilities but instead the writers can't get their minds off sex - honestly these great actors really need to demand a better caliber of writing. I get wanting to push the envelope but honestly after 5 jokes about sex you realize that its no different than 2 1/2 men, 2 broke girls, HIMYM except they go further and say blow job instead of insinuating it. What was great about shows like Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Friends, Sienfeld was the innuendo - if they actually said masturbation instead of master of my domain do your really think it would have been funny? I am a huge fan of Reno 911 and when I got the 1st season as a gift I was hoping the bleeping would remain in place, which it did, because that is what made it funny - FYI I swear like a trucker.
I wanted to like this show, however it's all over the place. While humor is subjective in the sense that different people think different things are funny. So maybe this just isn't my kind of humor. I think the Hollywood needs to retire the theory that unless it revolves around sex and raunchiness it's not funny. There are at a few shows on that debunk that theory so if would be great if writers and producers, etc. catch up. While nothing is technically original, there is still fresh ways to use recycled ideas and characters, this show tries, but falls flat.To put it in perspective, I just watched 3rd Rock From The Sun on Netflix, and laughed harder at that, than I did in the same time span I watch Your Family or Mine. While 3rd Rock might have used boosted and/or commanded laughter, it was much more difficult to tell between that and authentic laughter.Maybe it's unfair to compare 3rd Rock to Your Family or Mine, but to me the two shows seem to have similar characters. I've only seen a couple of Episodes of YFoM, so I know I should give it some time, but the start doesn't seem promising.
The acting is unconvincing, and the subject matter forcibly emphasizes the topic of sex, to the point where it defeats the purpose); while these factors are common in some contemporary sitcoms, this show takes them to an extreme. Also, the writing lacks creativity - the word "shitty" was used to describe a kid's drawing on the show, the dialogue and script was far too canned and contrived, the plot was predictable and simultaneously felt very unnatural (even for a sitcom), and it was flat-out boring, as the plot pandered about a singular menial premise. Judging by the trailers advertising this show leading up to its premiere, I didn't have such high hopes for this show, but I decided to give it a chance anyway - I came away very disappointed.I watch sitcoms on a regular basis, and as far as this show goes, it falls decisively flat on its face. It's bad enough that the writing and acting are both terrible, but the plot and premise are also pointless - I will be very surprised if the show is renewed for a second season.