Monday, January 3, 2011

Adoption Movie -- Change of Plans

Saturday night, January 8, a made-for-TV movie with international adoption themes, Change of Plans (not to be confused with the actual movie, Change of Plans) airs:
Up to this point, Sally Danville's life has played out just as she hoped it would. A beautiful and free-spirited musician, she and her fighter-pilot husband, Jason, live life on the go, free of domestic responsibilities. But with a single phone call from Child & Family Services case worker, Dorothy (Phylicia Rashad, The Cosby Show), she learns that things don't always go according to plan. Sally (Brooke White, American Idol) is met with the news that her best friend from college has died in a tragic accident on a Peace Corps mission and has named Sally the legal guardian of her four kids - 3 of them adopted from third-world countries. Now Sally and Jason (Joe Flanigan, Stargate Atlantis) must quickly learn to parent this instant family and help the kids deal with the culture clash of life in America. The story is both humorous and heartwarming, revealing how fulfilling life can be when you look beyond your own plans and invest in the lives of others.
 I've only found a few reviews of the upcoming movie.  Here's the line that stood out in the review at Great Dad:

Competing for attention are the emotional complexities of no fewer than eight characters, on top of a back story of why the deceased parents had collected one child from each country they visited while in the Peace Corps.

This description in another review piqued my interest:
I was stunned by the different happening between the integration of the kids in the primary school versus the high school. I should have known that it would be different but still seeing it on screen was an eye opener.
 I haven't found any reviews from anyone knowledgeable about adoption.

I can't say I have a great feeling about the movie, but might need to watch it out of self-defense -- it's good to know what the general public is hearing about adoption and to prepare the kids for questions on the playground.

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