Change of Plans
————ON FOX TV – SATURDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 8, 2011 8/7C ———–
Up to this point, Sally Danville’s life has played out just as she hoped it would. She is a beautiful and free-spirited musician and 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 caseworker, 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 to invest in the lives of others.
“Change of Plans” is an engaging story about choosing among life’s priorities. Sometimes, we have our lives all planned out when fate steps in and changes things. These changes can disrupt our plans and force us to make big decisions. Sally and Jason Danville are in that place. Their future careers are gelling and they know exactly where they are headed….until their lives are turned up-side-down by four children who are foisted upon them without notice.
Brooke White (Sally) is well-known as one of the finalists in season seven of American Idol. This is her first acting gig although she has been featured on the soundtrack for two other ‘Family Movie Night’ films. She tackled her assignment with grace and poise as the free-spirited, kind-hearted guitar player who was headed for the “big time.” Joe Flanigan (Jason) is equally adept at his role as a former fighter pilot who was recruited back to fly experimental jets. The story is carried by four young actors, Jayme Lynn Evans, Bobbo Soto, Jakobe Dempsey and Clarissa Suwok who give moving portrayals as the troubled, scared, but close-knit adopted siblings who stick together through times of sorrow and joy.
“Change of Plans” delivers a message that change, though sometimes scary, can be good, if we’re willing to adapt. We’re pleased to award this family movie night movie the Dove” Family-Approved” Seal for All Ages.