Instant Family, based on the true story of writer/director Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home), tells the story of Pete (Mark Wahlberg; Ted) and Ellie (Rose Byrne; Neighbors), a couple who, even though they love each other and work hard, decide that children would make their lives complete. However, they seem to get more than they bargained for when they sign up to be foster parents.
After doing the classes and background checks they go to a foster “fair” and meet Lizzy (Isabela Moner; Transformers: The Last Knight). They decide to foster her but learn that she also has two younger siblings, Juan (Gustavo Quiroz; Peppermint) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz; Jane the Virgin). The childless couple becomes a family of five in what seems like a blink of an eye and now they must try to figure out their new life and their new normal.
With Anders and Walberg teaming up again after the Daddy’s Home films one would be quick to think this is just another slapstick goofy comedy. However, nothing could be further from the truth, as Instant Family is a drama that is disguised as a comedy. The film, based on the experiences director Sean Anders went through, tell a heartwarming tale of finding the family you didn’t think you really wanted or needed.
It was truly interesting seeing some of the inner workings of the foster care system. It seems to offer a view of the good, the bad and the ugly. Some of the experiences echoed some things that have happened in my life so I know there is some truth behind the story, and by the end of the film, I was a mess, crying my eyes out…