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'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

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What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

This Day in Pop Culture for July 22

The movie bomb, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" was brought to theaters on July 22, 1959.

Debut of “Plan 9 from Outer Space”

Dubbed “the worst movie ever made” by many critics, Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space was released on this day in 1959. The “thriller” starred Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi and Bela “Dracula” Lugosi. The plot features alien beings who seek to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. They do this by implementing "Plan 9” and resurrecting dead bodies on earth. Why this would work is never explained. Lugosi actually died before the film was finished. Wood repurposed silent footage of Lugosi in “Tomb of the Vampire” and occasionally had a crew member dress up like the man for other scenes. The film is riddled with mistakes in dialogue, continuity and props, but worse yet, it’s terribly dull.


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