Loved by critics, hated by parents...what could go wrong? It's time for my take on the one and only Instant Family.
Instant Family brings us the story of Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) who, after trying for kids for years, realized that the best option for them would be to adopt. They clearly didn't know what they were in for when the adoption agents (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro) told them their first choice came with three kids, Lizzy (Isabela Merced), Lita (Julianna Gamiz), and Juan (Gustavo Escobar). As raising three kids is) more difficult than they thought, Pete and Ellie start having second thoughts about adopting, which may cause more harm than good through the family.
My family and I loved this film! We laughed all the way through and had an emotional connection towards these character's all the way through, seeing that this was based on a true story. The concept of the film was great, and especially since this was a "funny route to advertise for adoption." Rose Byrne takes the cake on this one as her phenomenal acting led to the movie being so much funnier. As well as Byrne, the three kids do an excellent job of portraying lost, scared, and defensive foster kids, wanting to be with a family they once had before. To me, the jokes were downright funny, but to others, they were too over-the-top. In a comedy like this, there doesn't necessarily need to be a balance on which types of jokes there are, so I think that is where the parents of younger children started coming in and claiming this movie was totally unethical. The overall storyline makes up for this, though, with its generous theme portraying how adopting may be difficult, but is an excellent option in the long run to start a family. Instant Family is rated PG-13 for language (F**k, b*tch, p***y, s**t, and other words spread around), some sexual content (Talks about relationships. In one scene, genitalia pictures are not seen but discussed after the oldest daughter gets caught taking pictures of herself, which neither the act nor the pictures are seen on screen). Minor Spoiler: The parents go to make fun of a highschool-aged boy's genitalia while trying to catch the "boy" who sent these pictures to their daughter, but are talking to the wrong guy. A comment about female reproductive parts is also made. There is some minor violence (A character accidentally drops a nail gun on his foot), and some drugs and alcohol (Talks about a birth mother's drug problem, but never actively shown on screen. There is some drinking of beer and wine from time to time). I give the film 4 out of 5 stars for being absolutely hilarious, having a great storyline, and having an intriguing meaning of what family is in the film, but got a little too lost in the curse words in some parts, taking away from the scene.