Instant Family is a 2018 American comedy drama film inspired by a true story, directed by Sean Anders. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz, Margo Martindale, Tig Notaro and Octavia Spencer. The film follows the story of a married couple that go through bad and good times when they foster three children.
This film shows the ups and downs of adoption and the foster care system, even though a bit of it isn’t completely accurate. The children, the two little ones, are elementary age and the oldest one, is high school age. This movie shows how tons of children grow up, taken from a broken home, thrown into the foster care system, where so many bounce from house to house, the lucky ones get a forever home. The couple in this film do a really good thing by taking in three foster children and trying to give them a better life, which is disastrous at first, but worth it in the end.
This film is both funny and heartwarming at the same time, but you also get angry at times as well. Some things were a bit over the top, like the foul language the couple used, especially around the kids. The kids are brats at first, the youngest Lita, only wants to eat potato chips, the brother Juan, won’t eat anything green and the oldest Lizzy, sneaks around with an older guy and breaks the foster parents’ rules. The little ones, end up falling in love with their new parents faster than Lizzy, who at first, wants to go back to her real drug addict mother who is just using her, then she realizes that she has a better life with the Wagners.
Mark Wahlberg is outstanding as Pete Wagner and Rose Byrne is great as Elinore “Ellie” Wagner. All the child actors did fine jobs. Octavia Spencer was great as well as foster care social worker Karen. Tig Notaro was really good as Sharon, also social worker for the foster care system. Margo Martindale, although her role wasn’t very big, did fine as Sandy Wagner.
This film will make you laugh, angry, and even cry. It will make you appreciate people that open their hearts to given unprivileged children better lives. Whether you want kids of your own or not, this film is worth it from beginning to end. It will also make you love children even more, even the most difficult ones, because there are kindhearted people that can raise them to be better human beings. Highly entertaining film. Cute and funny. 13+ 4/5