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 …

NBC’s ‘Laura” has potential but lacks heart

Review of NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura.
(L-R) Laz Alonso as Billy Soto, Debra Messing as Laura Diamond,
 Vincent Reina as Harrison Diamond, Josh Lucas as Jake Broderick, 
Charlie Reina as Nicholas Diamond, Janina Gavankar as Meredith Bose
(Photo by: Patrick Randak/NBC)
NBC must be nervous about the new comedy, The Mysteries of Laura since they have already aired the pilot episode two times last week. Tonight, the episode will air a third time in hopes that it will be everyone’s new favorite show. This could happen, but it might take a few weeks as the premiere is bogged down with too many storylines. However, by the end of the show, viewers get a better idea of who Laura is and what she is going through.

Laura Diamond (Debra Messing) has a life that is spinning out of control. She is separated from her husband; her children manage to get themselves kicked out of school and her day job as a NYPD homicide detective is pretty consuming. This premise is pretty fun and Laura is fairly likeable, but the rest of the cast is not – at least not yet.

For one, Laura’s two boys are brats. Not just mischievous little boys, but brats. Laura is overwhelmed by them but hardly even scolds the boys. When a woman at the park tells her that her sons are urinating on each other, she is embarrassed, but doesn’t say a word to the two. Every parent watching the show will have a few words of wisdom that they will want to share with her. 

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