Cutesy antics dominate this breezy but saccharine celebration of family ties.
In Maple Ridge, California, pre-teen Mindy (Molly Hager) Pals around with Zack (Andy Lawrence) and his teenaged sister, Lissa (Jessica Bowman). Unfortunately, Zack and Lissa's mom, Barbara (Lesley-Anne Down), has never forgiven Mindy's father, Brian (Corbin Bernsen), for breaking up with her years ago. The antagonism lingers even though Brian is now widowed and Barbara is divorced. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing on another front: Mayor Jensen (John Kapelos) needs the property on which Brian's gas station sits to anchor a proposed strip mall and intends to foreclose on the property. Only payment of a $50,000 bank note can stop Brian from having to relocate to another town, so Barbara's kids help Mindy hatch a get-rich-quick scheme: If the frustrated Barbara is any indication, Maple Ridge needs a dating service for mature people. Meanwhile, mob accountant Eddie (Robert Carradine) and gangster's gal Molly (Lisa Robin Kelly) blow into Maple Ridge to hide out because they ripped off Molly's boyfriend, Sardini (Joe Cortese), back in Las Vegas. Sardini wants both Molly and the moolah back. Molly takes a liking to Lissa, Mindy and Zack, and helps shepherd their matchmaking service to instant success. The kids reach their monetary goal in record time, but Eddie has been dipping into the till. Then Sardini complicates matters by cornering Eddie and Molly. To make get their lonely parents to bury the hatchet, the young entrepreneurs must straighten out a corrupt mayor, a love-struck mobster and their crooked financial manager.
If you're a sucker for Brady Bunch-style capers, you may enjoy this farcical look at combining households. Although the domestic hook-up floats along nicely, the film wastes too much time on its comical gangsters.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Cutesy antics dominate this breezy but saccharine celebration of family ties. In Maple Ridge, California, pre-teen Mindy (Molly Hager) Pals around with Zack (Andy Lawrence) and his teenaged sister, Lissa (Jessica Bowman). Unfortunately, Zack and Lissa's m… (more)