These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. However, that does not mean that parenting and maintaining a marriage or a relationship is easy.
In Instant Family, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are a childless couple who decide that it’s time to have children. Instead of having children the old fashioned way, they decide to go the route of becoming foster parents. Two social workers Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro), steer the would be parents into the process of fostering with the ultimate goal of adoption.
The children who enter Pete and Ellie’s lives are three Latinex siblings: Lizzie (Isabela Moner), Juan (Gustavo Escobar) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz). Lizzie is both the typical teenager and a second mother to her younger siblings. Juan has anxiety issues. Lita is adorable, but she is spoiled. Can this couple become the parents they want to be and more importantly, will these kids give them the opportunity to become parents?
Instant Family is one of those films that is both mildly charming and slightly message heavy. It’s not a bad film, but it’s not exactly the type of film that would implore me to go to the movie theater.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
Instant Family is presently on DVD.