The latest in the WalMart and P&G-sponsored Family Movie Night series is “Change of Plans,” starring “American Idol’s” Brooke White as a free-spirited singer married to an engineer and pilot (Joe Flanigan of “Stargate Atlantis”). When her one-time best friend, a Peace Corps volunteer, is killed, the couple find themselves guardians for her four children. They agree to suspend their casual lifestyle temporarily while a permanent home is found for them, but, well, there’s a change of plans.
White has a natural ease and sparkle on screen and the show gives her a chance to sing as well. The saga of children thrust upon carefree characters and a relationship that evolves from thinking of them as an inconvenience to thinking of them as family is a well-established one, but there are some nice moments and I especially liked the interactions with the children, three adopted from Guatemala, Uganda, and China. They bring their own cultures to the story (“football” means something different everywhere but America and African drums can work well in a pop song). Jayme Lynn Evans, who plays the oldest of the children, has some lovely moments as she moves from resentful caretaker of the younger kids to acknowledge her own vulnerability and sense of loss.
I really appreciate the commitment to movies that families can watch together and look forward to more.
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