Instant Family

Instant Family - the GBY

I will admit that we went to see Instant Family ready to totally pan it.  The trailer made it look more stupid than heartfelt.  We felt that it may be just a product of the media machine. We were pleasantly surprised.  It did have a couple of scenes that went a bit too far, but overall it is much better than anticipated.  The plight of the foster children is highlighted with realistically.  The diversity and issues of the other foster parents appeared to be very authentic.  Families seem to more accepting today of members finding their own path.  It is very heartwarming to see the extended family come together to support Ellie and Pete with their new family.   Pete (Mark Wahlberg, All the Money in the World) and Ellie (Rose Byrne, Juliet, Naked) are an average couple, that have achieved their career goals and still feel unfulfilled.  Isabela Moner (Lizzy) is utterly adorable as a teen with a chip on her shoulder. Gustavo Quiroz (Juan) and Julianna Gamiz (Lita) are equal parts grating and sweet.  Margo Martindale (Grandma Sandy, A Kid Like Jake), Julie Hagerty (Jan), Tig Notaro (Sharon), Octavia Spencer (Karen, The Shape of Water), and Michael O’Keefe round this entertaining cast.  Stay for the credits, Lizzy sings “Stay with You” during a montage of actual foster parents.

The obvious food matches are too basic for a recipe post.  Potato chips (Lita’s obsession and the name of her doll) and pasta with grated cheddar cheese.   This reminded me of my daughter’s go to dish as a picky eater, spaghetti with grated parmesan, butter and lemon juice.

Our Rating for Instant Family

4 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for Instant Family

Official Synopsis for Instant Family

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.


Cast Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Octavia Spencer, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty
Director Sean Anders
Screenwriter Sean Anders, John Morris
Cinematographer Brett Pawlak (Life Itself)
Editor Brad Wilhite
 Production Companies Closest to the Hole (Wahlberg, Levinson & Gips)
Run Time 118 minutes
Genre Comedy, Drama
Premier November 16, 2018

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