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Director Sean Anders Talks About How Own ‘Instant Family’

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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 ‘Hundred Foot Journey’ to a Near Perfect Dish

Papa Kadam (Om Puri), Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and
Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) in "The One Hundred Foot Journey"
(Dreamworks)
It would be easy to excuse and skip The Hundred Foot Journey film as an artsy, fluffy movie that nobody wants to see. There’s no sex, violence, action or language. Nobody died while making the film and it isn’t surrounded by scandal. But Journey is one near perfect example of storytelling that would be a shame to miss

With the look and flavor of an indie film, “Journey” was funded by the big names of Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfey, who serve as producers of the film and was created by DreamWorks. It stars Helen Mirren and the story was written by Steven Knight, a name not well-known to American audiences, but is huge in England.
 As a comedy/drama/romance, Journey focuses on the battle between two cultures and two restaurants. The Kadam family, native from India, have been displaced and move to France of all things. The family business is running a Indian restaurant, something that seems out of place in France. Papa (Om Puri) finds the “perfect” location to set up shop – right across the street (one hundred feet in fact) from Le Sale Pleureur, a Michelin-starred classical French restaurant which is run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Madame is sure that new restaurant will detract from her own and gives a rather chilly reception to the family. However, Madame has a sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) who takes a liking to Papa’s son, Hassan (Manish Dayal) and helps to teach him the finer aspects of French cooking. Hassan is already a cooking prodigy, so this battle will be harder to win than Madame thinks.


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