Mark Wahlberg Movie Changes Diapers While Chasing Assassins
The new Apple TV + Mark Wahlberg movie will probably not surprise anyone, win any awards, or go down in history as fine dramatic film history that inspires a generation. Not every great movie has to, does it? Yet, somehow, watching our boy from Dorchester in his new movie trailer cracked me up.
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This movie takes a page right out of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. The Family Plan starts out like every family movie: a hapless Dad, trying to enjoy family time complete with an annoyed wife and kids. But Clark Griswold wasn’t a trained, high level government assassin, leading a double life. That’s where Wahlberg’s Dan Morgan comes in. Now I haven’t seen this movie yet, but the trailer won me over. When Dan has to take the family on the run and relocate to Las Vegas, the hysterical, yet dangerous family chaos kicks in.
This one took me back to when my kids were teenagers. Every parent goes through the period when they lose their kids, to something cooler, than you. They mouth off, question every family decision and complain about spending family time together.
One moment that cracked me up was when Dan tells his family that he is not who they think he really is. He’s leading a double life, as a trained government spy, who has killed. The kids crack up laughing. It is what every kid would do, upon hearing their Dad make such a ridiculous claim. But what happens next is NO laughing matter. Well actually, it WAS funny seeing Dan fight off a killer in the supermarket, while holding his adorable ten month old, baby, who laughed through the entire ordeal. (Well it’s funny to me. No children were hurt during filming this movie.)
Directed by Simon Cellan Jones, Wahlberg stars in the film as Dan Morgan, a married man with three children. While making a living as a car salesman, his secret history as a high-level government assassin returns and poses a threat to his suburban life.
Michelle Monaghan who played opposite Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible franchise, is no stranger to impossible missions, playing Dan’s unsuspecting wife.
I’m glad the actors strike is over. It’s time to laugh again and watch a Mark Wahlberg movie. The Family Plan, Movie Premiere, Friday, December 15, Apple TV+