Family Movie Night: Change of Plans Movie Review

Does your family have a movie night tradition? There’s something special about purposefully setting aside time to watch a movie as a family. Turn off the lights, pop some popcorn, put the sleeping bag on the floor, and enjoy each other.

Family Movie Night is back! Change of Plans starring Brooke White, Joe Flanigan and Phylicia Rashad will air this Saturday January 8th 8/7c on FOX as the fourth movie in Wal-Mart and P&G’s “Family Movie Night” series. The first three “Family Movie Night” movies were Secrets of the Mountain, The Jensen Project and A Walk in My Shoes.

As a BuzzBlogger for I was provided a link to watch Change of Plans online in advance in order to give you a review. First read the synopsis from their website below:

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.

Sally and Jason have a happy marriage but their lives are full of travel and prior commitments. Their house is full of musical and electronic equipment and computers…overall not very kid friendly. Sally is sweet, but scatter brained and admits that she doesn’t know how to cook. Their lives are turned upside down when they’re faced with the challenge of parenting four newly orphaned children. The oldest daughter is a biological child and the other three children were adopted from Guatemala, China, and Uganda. The children and their parents had been living in Uganda prior to the accident which adds another element of change and transition for the children. The children have many obstacles to overcome, grieving the deaths of their parents, moving to a new country with a new school, and adapting to life in a new home with new parents. Sally and Jason have to adjust as well and you can really see their priorities change as they begin to open their hearts to these children who need them.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was sweet and heartwarming. It tackled a difficult subject without the whole movie being incredibly sad. Brook White and Joe Flanigan were adorable together as the couple Sally and Jason. Phylicia Rashad was terrific (as usual) but her part is rather small 😦 My only complaint is that the movie is too short. I would’ve liked to have seen even more but I understand that not everyone wants to watch a 2 (or 3, or 4) hour-long movie like I would…certainly not when you’re watching with children 😉

On the family friendly aspect the movie definitely delivers. There isn’t a bad word, questionable scene, or scantily clad body in the film (THANK YOU). I hope that you can have a Family Movie Night this Saturday and watch Change of Plans with your family. Be sure to stop back and let me know what you thought of the movie.

Click here to watch the trailer and to enter for a chance to win an HDTV, a portable DVD player, or copies of the DVD/soundtrack.

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***As a BuzzBlogger for I was provided a link to watch the Change of Plans online in advance. My opinion of the movie is my own and was not influenced by the early screening of the film. I’m passionate about quality family friendly programming for children and their parents and would like to see such shows succeed in hopes that similar programs will be available in the future.

About Jenn Rian

Jenn Rian is a mom, blogger, actress, yoga instructor, and cosplayer. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of and (

Posted on January 6, 2011, in Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This was an excellent review!


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