7.3/10
72,217
549 user 138 critic

Instant Family (2018)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 16 November 2018 (USA)
Trailer
1:00 | Trailer
A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

Director:

Sean Anders
Reviews
Popularity
793 ( 9)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Having finally gotten used to each other's existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

Director: Sean Anders
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding
Long Shot (2019)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael
The Upside (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.

Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman
Tag I (2018)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

Director: Jeff Tomsic
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.

Director: Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
Ted (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Game Night I (2018)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
The Hustle I (2019)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Two con women - one low rent and the other high class - team up to take down the men who have wronged them.

Director: Chris Addison
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts
Ted 2 (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.

Director: Seth MacFarlane
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried
Edit

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. It also turns out 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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was inspired by writer/director Sean Anders' experience adopting through Seneca Family of Agencies' Kinship Center. See more »

Goofs

When Pete is looking at the foster children website, most siblings appear together, but Juan, Lita, and Lizzy don't. Only Juan is shown on the website. See more »

Quotes

Lizzy: PRETEND MOM!
See more »

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 Avatar (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Emergency
Written by Gianfranco Bortolotti, Luca Lauri, Ricky Reed (as Eric Frederic), Teddy Geiger, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Diego Leoni, Erik Hassle, Tom Peyton and Antonio Puntillo
Performed by Icona Pop
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

User Reviews

 
A real crowd-pleaser, for better or worse.
26 February 2019 | by domtaylorSee all my reviews

'Instant Family' is definitely predictable and clichéd every step of the way, but that doesn't really matter when it's done this successfully. Its engaging throughout and offers a fun and heartwarming look at adoption and families in general, leading to a very entertaining experience. For better or worse, though, it's certainly a crowd-pleaser, which means that although it's sure to give audiences a good time, it's all surface level and some of the dark, culturally important themes are brushed over in service of keeping things light and friendly. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but, had it scratched below the surface more often, it could have been a far richer, more affecting piece overall. The other thing is that the film certainly works better as a family-drama than a comedy, yet it tries to do both which sometimes isn't too successful. There are several 'funny bits' that generate from the characters and situations which work fine, but it's the forced humour (the improvisational kind of jokes that Anders is used to working with) that don't really fit. Overall though, 'Instant Family' is highly entertaining throughout and offers some heartwarming scenes, despite how generic and surface-level it is. 7/10


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 549 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

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 »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed