Instant Family Movie

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We recently got the chance to watch the movie Instant Family which is now LIVE on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital. Here’s more about the movie and what we thought.

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Instant Family

Synopsis: The heartwarming film, inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders, follows Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) as they decide to start a family and stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale. Rated PG-13

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Our Viewing Party

My 11 year old daughter and I watched the movie together and then my 5 year old decorated an Instant Family t-shirt with her older sister and all the kids got to play with balloons (which are now all over my house!)

The movie was great, very funny in certain parts but with a touch of caring thrown in. There was just the right amount of feelings inspiring moments versus humour so that it wasn’t too sad or too silly. The actors did a great job of fulfilling their characters and making them believable. My 11 year old thought the movie was funny and although the movie is listed as PG 13, I didn’t find it too objectionable for her. You might come to a different conclusion.

Instant Family Viewing Party

The end of the movie has a note about fostering or adopting children which I thought was a nice way to reach out and have anyone who was inspired by the movie to find out more. I’ve never fostered or adopted but I could tell that some parts of the movie with regards to that weren’t exactly how it would be done in real life. I’m sure this was just to keep the movie moving along at a good pace.

It’s a great family movie if your kids are teens or just a movie for the parents if not. Pick up a copy!


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