Director Sean Anders Talks About His 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 …

This Day in Pop Culture for May 6

The roller coaster Magnum XL-200 opened at Cedar Point on May 6, 1989.

World’s Tallest Roller Coaster is Built

The steel roller coaster Magnum XL-200 opened for the first time on this day in 1989 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. At the time, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world reaching up past 200 feet in height. It won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Steel Roller Coaster for three years (1998-2000) until it was passed by the Millennium Force which rose above 300 feet. 

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