Instant Family

Instant Family, 6.4/10, is more endearing than the trailer would lead you to believe. Because of that poor marketing, I was lead to believe that the movie wasn’t anywhere near as good as it actually turned out to be. Instant Family perfectly blends comedic tones with the sensitive subject of fostering/adoption. Admittedly my knowledge around the subject is somewhat limited, but still felt like it wasn’t glamourizing the topic. There is a good balance struck between seeing the effects on both the adoptees and the adopters whilst enjoying the slapstick humour.

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) get to a stage in their lives where they feel as though they have everything going for them, they realise that they are missing one vital component – children. As cinematic coincidences normally occurs, the conversation around parenting arises and a seed is planted into their minds that cannot be so easily undone. The couple embark down the route of fostering and instantly fall for a teenage girl, Lizzy (Isabela Moner) who has an endearing and understandable two fingers up to the world attitude. That’s not the end of it though as fostering Lizzy also means taking on her two younger siblings. Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) is a boy who’s anxious to the world and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) is a young girl who you most definitely will want to take the chips from. Have Pete and Ellie bitten off more than they can chew or will this be the final piece of their lives that they felt was missing.

Family values are at the very heart of this film and it proves that in 2019 the conventions of a family are ever changing. Admittedly Instant Family has its clichés but they are executed with a lot of charm. Each of the three children perfectly tug on the heart strings of the audience and even brought a tear to my eye. Around Oscar season when all of the hard-hitting dramas are coming out, it is refreshing to have a lighter alternative that will make you laugh throughout.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 6/10

Narrative: 6/10

Acting: 6/10

Originality: 6/10

Entertainment (of its Genre): 8.5/10

Overall rating….. 6.4/10

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