Thanks to Paramount Pictures we had the chance to see ‘Instant Family’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Co-written and directed by Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home) and based on his own experience as foster parent ‘Instant Family’ finds house renovators Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) planing to start their family by fostering three siblings played by Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz and Julianna Gamiz.
The family dramedy captures the perks of parenting and the challenge of caring for a teenage girl and her two small siblings who have been in the system for a while missing her stranded mother. ‘Instant Family’ also gives an inside look at the foster care system from both sides, the kids and the case workers, represented in the film by the characters played by award winning actress by Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro.
For one side, the carers will fall for these children and they do their best to take care of them and on the other side, the kids have to surpass their mistrusting nature and adapt to a complete new life with a new family.
Despite being marketed as a comedy, ‘Instant Family’ delivers intense dramatic moments, and as the plot deepens up the real emotions on both sides are transferred to the viewers, bringing some heartwarming moments and even some tears.
Overall ‘Instant Family’ is a movie full of heart, and one of the best of its kind, as it manages to balance comedy and drama in a superb way, delivering tons of laughs and tears. A wonderful film to treat yourself over the school holidays.
‘Instant Family’ opens in cinemas January 10th