Director Sean Anders Talks About How Own ‘Instant Family’

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy/drama film, Instant Family appears to be an instant hit with both critics and audiences alike. Sure, not everyone is a fan, but I suspect that people don’t actually have kids themselves. Those that do, appreciate all of the chaos and (at times) the corniness that is a part of family life. In the movie, Wahlberg and Byrne play a couple who want to start a family, but sort of feel that they are a bit old to be just starting and find themselves looking into foster care adoption and end up adopting a teen girl and her two younger siblings. Unrealistic you say? Try telling that to Sean Anders who co-wrote the script and directed the movie. He lived it. Well, mostly.

I met Anders last week to talk about Instant Family just before the film opened and my biggest question for him was how much of this film was actually based on real life. “A lot of it,” he said and then went on telling me a story about how his family came to be.

“First of all, my …

A Parent’s Alternative to Miley Cyrus

Jamie Grace (Gotee Records)
Not that long ago, you couldn’t go into any store’s toy department and not see any Hanna Montana. From posters to dolls, she was one of Disney’s star talents and every little’s girl dream to be just like her. Like so many teen stars, Miley Cyrus has wanted to shred any resemblance of the “good girl” that she portrayed on the Disney Channel TV show and show us who she “really” is. While Disney has replaced Hanna with more current fare, many of Hanna’s fans have grown to appreciate the likes of her alter ego despite their parent’s wishes. If this is you, I’d like to suggest that you share Jamie Grace’s new CD with your daughter.

Like Cyrus, Grace is pretty and very talented and about the same age, but she has no desire to run away from her good girl image. “So many songs on the radio or storylines in TV shows and movies talk about and promote what the world is doing. Ever since I was 14 I’ve wanted to write a song about what I’m not doing and hopefully be able to encourage other people in “the waiting” as well,” she says talking about one of my favorite songs “White Boots” on her new album, Ready to Fly. “My mom came to my sister and I with this metaphor of white boots and purity. Honestly, it was a moment when your mom tells you something awesome but you’re slightly embarrassed that you didn’t think of it first so you try to play it cool? Ha!”
While other singers are singing about getting it on, “White Boots” is all about keeping it on. Check out these lyrics:

Standing face to face with the love I know is true
I’ll promise him forever from the day we say, "I do"
I've got my white boots! My white dress
And baby, I ain't getting them dusty

All I need you to bring are the rings
And I know in time I'll be ready
Cause I've been waiting, waiting, waiting,
Waiting, waiting, waiting on you
In my white boots!

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