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Director Sean Anders Talks About His 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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for March 17

St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D.

St. Patrick Dies

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick died in Ireland. Much of what people think of Patrick is wrong. He was not Irish, but served as a missionary to Ireland. We don’t celebrate his birth, we celebrate his death. After being kidnapped at age 16 in Great Britain, Patrick served the next six years as a shepherd against his will in Ireland. After his finally escaped and returned home, he felt an overwhelming need to go back and preach the gospel to the very people who treated him so badly. He served 40 years converting thousands of the Irish to Christianity and built many churches along the way. He used the three-sided clover as a way of describing the holy trinity. It is not known if he drank any green beer.


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