If you think that the Brady Bunch had too much on their plate, check out this movie. Helen North is a widow who has 8 children; Frank Beardsley is a widower who's got 10. The two meet at the hospital where Helen works and start dating, both of them keeping the number of their kids secret as they have already scared off enough dates by it. The relationship grows more serious, and moment of truth inevitably comes. Both Helen and Frank think that 18 kids is a bit too much and decide not to see each other anymore, but the love is already there, and they can't. They make the crazy decision to get married.
Both sets of kids disapprove and make their feelings known very clearly, but Frank and Helen marry nevertheless. Needless to say, the kids' resentment does not instantly go away and becomes an ongoing issue to deal with, in addition to all the other niceties of having 18 kids around. On top of that, Helen gets pregnant with the #19, and Frank, who is a Navy man, gets an offer to return to the ship for a six weeks assignment. How he has the nerve to even think of leaving his wife alone in that zoo I have no idea, but he does (to his credit, he does not know that she's pregnant, Helen won't tell him). The six weeks assignment gets prolonged over and over again. Frank at last finds out about the pregnancy from one of the kids' letters, when it's about time for the baby to be born. He rushes home, to his family that amazingly hasn't collapsed and actually somehow began functioning.
The review of this Movie prepared by Laura Southcombe