Instant Family (2018)

“Your real kids are different. You can’t erase them.” – Karen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A couple decides to adopt three siblings from a broken home, but never expected it to be so difficult.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard great things about a few months ago when it came out but only now had the chance to see what it was all about.

The premise presented here works quite well and is helped along by some great performances by the entire cast.

Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg are both great in this film and they have amazing chemistry with each other and with the rest of the cast which helps make this story feel even more personal and realistic.

Perhaps the fact that director Sean Anders went through (and is probably still going through) this kind of story helps him focus the story better and make it even more poignant and powerful to an audience with less experience with these kind of situations.

The story does a great job balancing between being humorous and being informative about these kind of situations and that helps things stay interesting.

Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro both do wonderful jobs in important supporting roles that help the story show that even when mistakes are made along the way there are options for assistance throughout via the support of others.

There are a few minor plot holes that are raised along the way by the direction of some of the film but despite this, the story stays on its path and is paced quite well.

They develop these characters every well that it allows the viewer to feel a stronger bond to each of them and to the various situations that arise which helps make the story feel even more poignant and personal throughout.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works quite well. Byrne and Wahlberg have great chemistry with one another and with the rest of the cast which helps make the story both funny and informative at the same time.  Spencer and Notaro are also both great insignificant supporting roles which help the story stay more interesting throughout. The plot raises a few questions along the way that cause some minor plot holes, but they manage to keep the story moving along at a great pace.  The characters are all developed quite well which helps make this film feel even more personal for the viewer. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Instant Family’s story is based on the real life experience of director Sean Anders. Sean has adopted 3 Hispanic children. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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4 thoughts on “Instant Family (2018)

  1. Agree with comments above. Got to me too. Was NOT expecting that from a Mark Wahlberg film – but he has been a bit underestimated in the past.


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