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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 May 9

"Speed Racer" sped into theaters on May 9, 2008.

“Speed Racer” the Movie Arrives in Theaters

Many men and women have found memories of watching Speed Racer, 1960’s Japanese television series, even though many are disappointed when re-visiting the episodes. Still, Warner Bros. thought it would be a great idea to do a live action movie of the show. On this day in 2008, the big-budget movie came to the big screen with a great cast (Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox), great special effects, loud music, lots of color and…well, that’s about it. The movie suffered from a lack of a plot and what plot they had was too convoluted to understand. The movie did poorly with critics and fans alike. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film at 39% “rotten.” Store shelves contained Mach 5 merchandise for a lot longer than planned and talk of a sequel became just that. Still, the movie has a great version of the Speed Racer song during the ending credits.


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