Rent Instant Family (2018)

3.5 of 5 from 337 ratings
1h 53min
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Synopsis:
When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) choose to start a family, they stumble headfirst into the world of foster care adoption. After they learn their perfect foster child comes with two other siblings, Pete and Ellie find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight and must hilariously learn the ropes of instant parenthood if they hope to become a real family. Inspired by a true story, and also starring Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro.
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Directors:
Producers:
Sean Anders, Marc D. Evans, Stephen Levinson, John Morris, Mark Wahlberg
Writers:
Sean Anders, John Morris
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainmen
Genres:
Children & Family, Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2019
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fix It
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2019
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Czech Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French Parisian Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, Polish Dolby Digital 5.1, Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Bahasa Malaysian, Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Mandarin-Taiwan, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Mandarin, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fix It
  • Kid Power
  • The Anders Family: The Real Life Inspiration
  • And More!

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Reviews (2) of Instant Family

Schmaltzy soap. - Instant Family review by NC

Spoiler Alert
01/07/2019

Hats off to all the foster folk. They are few people who can cope with their own kids, let alone someone else's, often with major problems. Apparently based on fact, and is OK to spend hour and half on. Quite harmless and predictable.

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entertaining - Instant Family review by EH

Spoiler Alert
30/03/2020

generally a goodwatch. reasonably funny and a feelgood film - not to taxing on a Friday night.

of a similar feel to Uncle Buck - if that floats your boat - dive into this.

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Critic review

Instant Family review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Instant Family is a film that means well enough and has a big enough heart that almost warrants its melodramatic premise. The very story seems like a sturdy foundation for some soapy and slapstick worthy family comedy that can teeter between being a breezy weeper and goofball chemistry born from the Will Ferrel school of comedy. In other words, it’s a film that puts in a decent enough work to earn the mildest of smirks and waterworks.

Pete and Ellie Wagner (Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne) are a fairly new couple seeking to start a family. They have a brand new house and are hoping to fill it with children. They’re good people in the sense that they always want to do the right thing and have a tremendously big heart. When Ellie starts looking into adoption, Pete warns that looking through the pictures of kids waiting to be adopted is going to make their hearts melt and want to adopt a lot. Sure enough, Pete sneaks a peak and can’t help himself. They embrace and know they want to do the right thing. It’s a sweet moment that also fills me with dread for the soapy and ridiculous domestic comedy that follows.

When they venture to the adoption agency, the humor is still there with perfect chemistry between Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro playing educated and quirky social workers. They put the likes of Pete and Ellie through the new parent boot camp, making sure they won’t be the worst choice. The worst choice by far is a shrill single woman who basically wants to pull off The Blind Side in her own life. But then the Wagners go to find the kids that are right for them and they end up with a trio. They adopt the punkish teenager Lizzy (Isabela Moner), the fearful boy Juan (Gustavo Escobar), and the eccentric girl Lita (Julianna Gamiz). Things get off to a rough start and it’s pretty clear that the bumbling couple of the Wagners, well-meaning as they may be, are not fully prepared.

But is it even a spoiler to admit that it all works out in the end? I had no doubts that by the second act anger of the parents wanting to dump the kids back in foster care would not happen. We become too used to Wahlberg and Byrne as warm souls that taking such a turn is too dark. It’s also inevitable that the film would drop an easy bomb of a shocking event bringing the family together and watching them spring into action. There’s some family melodrama where the Wagners fight for the custody of the children and it’s a battle just heartfelt enough to come off more charming than hokey.

Let’s be clear though; Instant Family is not averse to the expected theatrics of such a subgenre. There are plenty of scenes where the Wagners trip all over each other and fumble about in trying to make their home feel like home. I’m thankful that the height of this hilarity occurs fairly early on where a disagreement at the dinner table turns into a scene of food and drink falling off the table in slow-motion. There’s at least the neat little touches of a small fire at the table and the cute little Lita appearing like horror icon Carrie when covered in food and brandishing a Spongebob butterknife. Give that kid a horror movie role ASAP!

Director Sean Anders of Daddy’s Home fame pretty much delivers on the PG-13 family comedy we’ve come to expect from the director; bound by stoner farce stagings with family-friendly writing. What’s most surprising is that there are a few moments of new-parent exuberant where the Wagners are astounded when their kids finally call them mommy and daddy. There are a few of these adorable scenes inserted throughout a routine comedy that could use a few more of those warmer moments.

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