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 …

App of the Week: I Am Second

"I Am Second" app.
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I Am Second App

It's hard to believe that the group, I Am Second, have been making short testimony films for six years now. During that time, famous and not-so-famous people from all walks of life have shared some of their deepest, darkest secret, as well as inspiring messages of hope, for all to see. Many of them have been featured here on Writer of Pop. 

"I Am Second" app.

“The result,” says I Am Second, “is thousands of lives healed. A hope found. A new culture redefined by you.”

Now, all six years have been crammed into a new app along with other features. If you are a fan of these films, this is definitely an app to check out. But the app is a lot more than just movies. The app includes:

  • Hundreds of personal stories dealing with serious topics like addiction, abuse, anger and more from actors, athletes and musicians.
  • A variety of “communities” for you to engage and interact with.
  • Many stories, interviews, news, events and more to explore all relating to what it means to be Second.
  • Daily challenges to test and encourage you and your friends.
  • Win rewards for participating in conversations and challenges.

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Related: Video of the Day: Sean Lowe, I Am Second

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