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Change of Plans — Family Movie Night on FOX

posted by Nell Minow

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.
Watch the trailer here and be entered to win a big-screen TV.

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  • Nancy Maisenbach

    I can’t wait to see this movie and I will tell my friends and family to watch.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Ms. Maisenbach! Let me know what you think!

  • Kathy Pryor

    I loved every second of the movie — Would love to see more of Brooke White — loved the song at the end of the movie —
    The movie would make a great series.

  • Jeannette

    Great movie. Would love to see more movies like this.

  • Doug D.

    Great Family movie!! Brooke and the cast where stunning!! Looked like a good pilot to me!! It would make a great family series!! Keep up the good work Fox!!!

  • jay

    this movie was surprising fun…Brooke was wonderful…everything about her was authentic…nice to see a family that is reasonably sane..great vulnerability by all the characters..

  • Laurel Castellanos

    I loved everything about the 2 hours of movie, quality commercials, music, and authenticity of everyone in the movie. Honestly, this was the best 2 hours of enterainment and enrichment I’ve experienced from television in decades.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I am delighted to hear it, Ms. Castellanos! This is an excellent series and I hope for another one soon.

  • Dora Munoz

    Didn’t get to see the movie yet but loved the trailer. Have heard wonderful coments about it over and over again, not only for the movie but about the comercials during the breaks, all family oriented.
    Good job fox, walmart and P&G!!!! I hope I can get to watch it very soon.

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