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Instant Family (2018)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 16 November 2018 (USA)
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A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

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Sean Anders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Pete
Rose Byrne ... Ellie
Isabela Merced ... Lizzy (as Isabela Moner)
Gustavo Escobar ... Juan (as Gustavo Quiroz)
Julianna Gamiz ... Lita
Octavia Spencer ... Karen
Tig Notaro ... Sharon
Tom Segura ... Russ
Allyn Rachel ... Kim
Britt Rentschler ... Linda (as Brittney Rentschler)
Jody Thompson ... Jim
Margo Martindale ... Grandma Sandy
Julie Hagerty ... Jan
Michael O'Keefe ... Jerry
Joan Cusack ... Mrs. Howard
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Storyline

Married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner, feeling a void in the marriage, visit a foster care center. Two social workers, Karen and Sharon, guide the hopeful parents on the steps to getting into becoming adoptive parents. The couples are brought to a fair where they have the chance to go up to kids that they are interested in adopting. Pete and Ellie walk by the teenagers, although Ellie shows hesitance over raising a teen, but one of the teens, Lizzie, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens. Pete and Ellie talk to Karen and Sharon over potentially taking in Lizzie. The social workers inform the couple that Lizzie's mother is a drug addict who is currently in jail, and she set their home on fire because she left the crack pipe lit. They also find that Lizzie has two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. Although this seems like more of a challenge for Pete and Ellie, they agree to meet the siblings. Pete and Ellie have Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie's family, where ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Just add chaos laughter awkwardness mistakes love.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

John McConnell and Maureen Brennan who play Mr and Mrs Muskie are actually married in real life. See more »

Goofs

During the Thanksgiving dinner, Ellie has a red necklace appear and disappear multiple times. See more »

Quotes

Ellie: Whose idea was it to go and talk to the teenagers? We could've had a toddler who doesn't have opinions and thong underwear.
Pete: What?
Ellie: You pushed us into some next-level shit!
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Crazy Credits

Photos of real life foster families are seen throughout the end credits, interspersed with footage of Isabela Moner performing the end credits song, 'Stay with you'. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the film's Australian release, the distributor chose to remove a single use of strong language in order to obtain a PG classification. This edited version of the film was later used for its DVD/Video release. An uncut M classification was available. See more »

Connections

References The Blind Side (2009) See more »

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Soupcan Blaster
Written & Performed by Ryan Castle
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A blessing in the skies
17 November 2018 | by orliesgirl_28See all my reviews

What a great film! This movie is so funny and has such a good story. Great cast. Loved that Russ guy. So funny. His wardrobe was on point. His jeans were High and tight. Try it out! Makes you want to be home here now!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instant Family See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,504,315, 18 November 2018

Gross USA:

$67,363,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,556,201
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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