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Instant Family (2018)



Critic Consensus: Instant Family may not quite capture the complexity of real-life adoption, but fittingly for the unconditional bond it honors, this flawed yet well-intentioned dramedy is ultimately worth the investment.

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When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

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There's genuine heart and feeling scattered throughout Instant Family, enough to make one wish it would stick to a consistent tone without being repeatedly undercut with forced gags.

November 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Instant Family has its heart in the right place within a genre that has set the bar low.

November 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The laughs are sometimes silly, but often come as moments of relief that the family has made it through something tough. The emotional scenes - both happy and sad - are genuinely emotional. The dark moments are genuinely dark.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

While the pace of Instant Family can be relentless, with the supporting cast and a whole lot of genuine authenticity, Anders hits that sweet-spot of hilarious and heartwarming.

November 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Add up the ingredients and you get a mostly enjoyable dog-eared formula for escapist entertainment without critical perception.

November 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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"Instant Family's" heart is in the right place. It celebrates and honors the family unit, and at a time when many families are being torn apart, there's something to be said for a spirit of togetherness.

November 15, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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