Instant Family

Release Date: November 16th, 2018

PG-13 |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

When Pete and Ellie 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, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hope of becoming a family.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz, Margo Martindale

Director: Sean Anders

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Jon FroschThe Hollywood Reporter

    While the film commits errors of taste and tact, and is generally all over the place from start to finish, those issues come off here as byproducts of a certain generosity — a sense that Anders wants to convey a full range of experience, including the messy stuff in between the usual formulaic notes and beats. show more

  • 80
    Matt SingerScreenCrush

    Instant Family didn’t just exceed my low expectations; it obliterated them. It’s the kind of honest, human comedy that’s so rare from Hollywood these days that when one finally comes along, you sit there in the theater in slack-jawed amazement and wonder: How does a movie like this happen? show more

  • 50
    Stephen Whitty Film Journal International

    The switch between moods—obvious comedy and sermonizing message—comes often, and clumsily. show more

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