Idealistic couple Ellie (Rose Byrne) and Pete (Mark Wahlberg) find themselves overwhelmed when they open up their home to foster teenager Lizzy (Isabela Moner) and her two younger siblings, Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz). With the help of fellow foster parents and agency workers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), they learn to navigate the joys and pitfalls of parenting to become a modern family. Directed by Sean Anders. Margo Martindale and Joan Cusack co-star.~Phil Griffin
When I first saw this movie, I rented it on YouTube. Then I bought it because I just loved the movie that much I had to have the movie. I am a person who believes that to make a family, you don't need to be biologically related. I'm a strong supporter of adoption since there a re many children out there who need parents or a guarding to love them. I personally would like to adopt one day as well if my partner and I cannot have children. Therefore, this movie is amazing and I loved the story. It shows how being foster parents can't be easy, as both foster parents and foster children have to get used to new environments. Yet, it can be a blessing because this people become family once trust has been earned. This movie is lovely, i highly recommend it.
My family loves this movie. You know it shows how a real family is. No colorful feel good moments to make a hollywood movie like they usually are made. This tells a good true story of how a family should love and honor each other. This shows how children should have respect and love for their parents and hold them to a high esteem. What ever happened to the good ole days of how we were raised and how we should raise responsible and respectful children and not spoiled kids.
The foster care system in America is incredibly flawed. Over 400,000 kids are in the foster care system, with many of them failing to get the support that they sorely need, & they face an incredible amount of problems when trying to get approved for certain things.
Instant Family definitely sin't perfect, but it's an endearing look into adoption. Based on a true story, the film follows Pete (played by Mark Wahlberg) & Ellie (played by Rose Byrne) Wagner, a married couple in California. Although they are happily married, they feel that there is something missing in their lives. They would like to have children, but Pete is pretty old to be a father of a newborn child. Ellie brings up the idea of adoption, but Pete isn't up for it. However, Pete eventually warms up to the idea.
Pete & Ellie then begin an 8-week foster parenting class led by Sharon (played by Tig Notaro), who is more reserved; & Karen (played by Octavia Spencer), who is more outspoken. They eventually get their foster parenting licenses, & go to an adoption fair to see what kids they may be interested in. One of the teenage foster children, Lizzie (played by Isabella Moner), lets them know that they know that foster parents aren't really interested in the teenagers. However, this interests Pete & Ellie, & when they ask about becoming Lizzie's foster parents, they are told that Lizzie has two younger siblings: Juan (played by Gustavo Quiroz) & Lita (played by Julianna Gamiz). Pete & Ellie decide to take in all 3 of the kids, which meets mixed reactions from Pete & Ellie's families: Ellie's mother Jan (played by Julie Hagerty) is more hesitant about their decision, while Pete's mother Sandy (played by Margo Martindale) is more welcoming.
Although the initial few weeks with Lizzie, Juan & Lita in their house are great, it starts to become hectic for Pete & Ellie, as Lizzie is bratty, Juan is overly sensitive, & Lita will only eat potato chips. But although Pete & Ellie are not ready for what will follow, but they think they'll be alright in the end.
The cast is amazing. Mark Wahlberg & Rose Byrne have such great chemistry here. Tig Notaro & Octavia Spencer are hilarious in their small roles. But the standout is Isabella Moner, who truly shines here. And Gustavo Quiroz & Julianna Gamiz also shine.
Sean Anders' direction is great. Although there isn't much that stylistically differentiates Anders from other directors, he is able to overcome that with a warm-hearted sensibility & a personal touch, as the true story is Anders' true story of adopting 3 kids.
And the screenplay by Sean Anders & John Morris is very good. Although the plot is formulaic & the narrative is predictable, the humorous dialogue sticks out, & the screenplay isn't afraid to tackle the racial issues of the adoption.
This is a good comedy-drama. Although it's definitely too sentimental at times, the film is saved by a cast filled with great, warm-hearted performances.