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Instant Family

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Sean Anders
  • 117 mins
  • 12

Summary

Comedy drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Isabela Moner. Childless couple Pete and Ellie Wagner decide to adopt, and are drawn to talented but troubled teenager Lizzy. When it turns out that Lizzy comes with two younger siblings, the prospective parents take in the whole brood - an act of kindness that soon proves overwhelming.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Mark Wahlberg flexes his comedy chops rather than his muscles in a foster-kids comedy that stems from the real-life adoption experiences of its director, Sean Anders. Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a busy-bee married couple whose biological clocks are ticking, but who haven't the time for all the hassles of pregnancy and childbirth. So they decide to foster. But, instead of the one kid they'd planned on, they wind up with three Hispanic siblings, including rebellious teenager Lizzy (Isabela Moner). Much parental chaos ensues. Wahlberg isn't a natural comic; he has to work hard, and you can tell. Byrne is more comfortable. But it's Moner, playing a three-dimensional role among relative cut-outs, who steals the show. It may prove too predictable and saccharine for some, but the film's warm heart and blatant pro-adoption message will make it a feel-good treat for others.

Credits

Cast

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Pete WagnerMark Wahlberg
Ellie WagnerRose Byrne
LizzyIsabela Moner
JuanGustavo Quiroz
LitaJulianna Gamiz
KarenOctavia Spencer
Grandma SandyMargo Martindale
JanJulie Hagerty
JerryMichael O'Keefe
OctoberIliza Shlesinger

Crew

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DirectorSean Anders

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2019-02-14
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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