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A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

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Cast

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Pete
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Ellie
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Lizzy
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Juan
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Lita
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Karen
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Sharon
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Russ
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Kim
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Linda (as Brittney Rentschler)
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Jim
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Grandma Sandy
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Jan
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Jerry
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Mrs. Howard
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Dirk (as Edson Gary Weeks)
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Dana
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Jessie
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David
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Kit
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Michael
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October
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Mr. Fernández
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Mrs. Fernandez
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Brenda
Joselin Reyes ...
Carla
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Young Pete
Jaiden Byrd ...
Young Brian
James Arthur Sims ...
Brian's Dad
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Kimberly
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Mr. Muskie
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Mrs. Muskie
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Miss Peppers
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Stewart
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Kylie
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Savannah
Candice Daniels ...
Nurse
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Charlie
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Jacob
Allen Zwolle ...
Principal
Anthony Thomas ...
Cop
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Ms. Franks
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Sue
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Judge Rivas
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Bailiff
Alexis Lord ...
Soccer Girl
Perry Westberry ...
Doctor
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Random Dad
Mark Schotz ...
Cop #2
Jerry T. Richerson ...
Student
Caleb Pratt ...
Student (as Caleb C. Pratt)
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Lita's Classmate (as William Simmons)
Cruze Lynnox Keith ...
Lita's Classmate
Maegan McCarthy ...
Kindergarten Teacher
Billie Wilemon ...
Emergency Room Nurse
Noah Jordan Scott ...
Fun Fair Kid
Knightly Knox Scott ...
Fun Fair Kid
Jonathan Kobs ...
Roberto C. Fishman Pratt
Lori Hernandez ...
Mrs. Fishman Pratt (as Lori Hernandez)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Parent (uncredited)
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Teen / Roller Coaster Rider (uncredited)
Bobby Akers ...
High School Student (uncredited)
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Fun Fair Foster Child (uncredited)
Raphael Dante' Carr Jr. ...
Brian (uncredited)
Taylor K Charles ...
Foster Kid (uncredited)
Leon Croom ...
Ice Cream Diner Patron (uncredited)
Marc Demeter ...
Concerned Father (uncredited)
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Social Worker (uncredited)
Emelita T. Gonzalez ...
Parent (uncredited)
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ER Patient (uncredited)
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Theme Park Child (uncredited)
Léland Downs Karas ...
Camper (uncredited)
Serene Lee-Sng ...
Inter-racial Couple (uncredited)
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October's Kid (uncredited)
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Mom (uncredited)
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Roller Coaster Rider (uncredited)
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High School Student (uncredited)
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Parent (uncredited)
Hannah Powell ...
Kid at Amusement Park (Bridge) (uncredited)
Zachary Powell ...
Kid on Playground (uncredited)
John Thelan Reece ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
Patti Schellhaas ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
James Paul Shephard ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Max Stewart ...
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Benjamin Weaver ...
Adoption Agent (uncredited)
Wes Weems ...
Parent (uncredited)
Dmani Q. Williams ...
CJ (uncredited)
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Social Worker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sean Anders

Written by

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Sean Anders ... ()
 
John Morris ... ()

Produced by

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Sean Anders ... producer
Eric Kissack ... associate producer
Stephen Levinson ... producer
John Morris ... producer
Helen Pollak ... executive producer/upm
Daniel Silverberg ... associate producer
Mark Wahlberg ... producer
David Womack ... producer

Music by

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Michael Andrews ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Brett Pawlak

Film Editing by

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Brad Wilhite

Editorial Department

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Rafael Baez Jr. ... apprentice editor
Tom Barile ... colorist: dailies: dailies
Matt Blackshear ... digital intermediate editor
Remy Bonett ... post-production assistant
Alex Brownley ... dailies producer
Andrew Brueck ... digital intermediate administration
Christine Carr ... digital intermediate producer
Hannah Joyner ... digital intermediate administration
Ethan Schwartz ... additional digital intermediate colorist
Jay Trautman ... first assistant editor
Ian Vertovec ... digital intermediate colorist
Brandee Wyse ... digital intermediate assists

Casting By

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Sheila Jaffe

Production Design by

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Clayton Hartley

Art Direction by

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Elliott Glick
Alex McCarroll

Set Decoration by

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Beauchamp Fontaine

Costume Design by

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Lisa Lovaas

Makeup Department

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Lance Aldredge ... hair stylist
Zoey Belton ... personal hair stylist: Octavia Spencer
Howard Berger ... makeup department head
Jacenda Burkett ... octavia spencer, rose byrne
Leay Cangelosi ... hair stylist
Nancy Cummings ... makeup artist
Jennifer Hodges ... key hair stylist
Gaby Macias ... makeup artist
Aida Scuffle ... makeup artist
Mollie Siegel ... makeup artist
Khanh Trance ... wigmaker: Isabela Moner
Linda Traxler ... hair stylist
Hailey Trifiro ... makeup artist
Jordan Venetis ... makeup artist
Johnny Villanueva ... hair department head
Melanie Young ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jordan Ballard ... post-production supervisor
Gretel Twombly ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lindsey Fredieu ... additional second assistant director
Conte Mark Matal ... second assistant director
Daniel Silverberg ... first assistant director
Jen Willis ... second second assistant director
Christopher Zou ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Carla Bailey ... scenic artist
Darrin Bates ... props
Mychael Bates ... property master
Andy Bays ... paint gang boss / scenic artist
Corey Belt ... assistant property master
Heather Bowers ... onset dresser
Maxwell Britton ... set dresser
Jeremiah Castleman ... scenic artist
Michael Corrigan ... set dresser
D. Tobias Denney ... assistant property master
Maxwell Fasen ... storyboard artist
Ashley Fidalgo ... set designer
Gerard Forrest ... General Foreman
Patrick Fuhrman ... leadman
Josh Gould ... set dresser
Clark Grimes ... props
Gabe Harrington ... scenic foreman
Zak Howell ... set dresser
Scott Johnson ... set dresser
Anthony Karlic ... paint coordinator
Julie Kobsa ... Set Dec Buyer
Stephanie Little ... lead graphic designer
Daniel Malin ... set decorator production assistant
Stacey S. McIntosh ... construction coordinator
Brett Reeser ... paint laborer
Craig T. Shordon ... paint foreman
Brandy Taylor ... Art PA
Felentae Maryiah Terrell ... painter
John Trafton ... laborer
Linda Verzi ... set decoration buyer
Tom Wagman ... set designer
Lisa Walsh ... Property Admin
C.L. Ward ... digital set designer
Brandy White ... set dec production assistant
Lara Wootton ... set dec assistant (as Laura Wootton)

Sound Department

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Ron Bartlett ... re-recording mixer
Anna Behlmer ... re-recording mixer
C. Douglas Cameron ... boom operator
Scott Cannizzaro ... adr mixer
Meilee Condron ... adr voice actor
Noyan Cosarer ... re-recording mixer
Andrew DeCristofaro ... supervising sound editor
Devin Donaghy ... Assistant sound editor: trailer
Aidan Dykes ... ADR Mixer
Eric Flickinger ... re-recording mix technician
Judah Getz ... adr mixer
Andy Hay ... dialogue editor / temp re-recording mixer
David Jobe ... foley mixer
Adam Johnson ... epk sound mixer
Evan Kishiyama ... adr voice actor
Alana Knutson ... sound utility
Andy Koyama ... re-recording mixer
Johnny Kubelka ... epk sound mixer
Bob Lacivita ... adr mixer
Whit Norris ... production sound mixer
Emma Shannon ... adr voice actor
David Stanke ... first assistant sound editor
Jack Stanton ... ADR Looping
Darren 'Sunny' Warkentin ... supervising sound editor
Dave Wilson ... adr mixer: Atlanta

Special Effects by

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Bryan Brimecombe ... special effects technician
Colleen Daniel ... special effects office coordinator
Skylar Gorrell ... special effects coordinator
Barry Hart ... special effects technician
Wayne Rowe ... special effects technician
J.D. Schwalm ... special effects supervisor
Alex Ulloa ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Niall Booker ... Concept Artist and Matte Painter: Zero VFX
Eric Bruneau ... head of production
Jesse Cook III ... i/o coordinator: Zero VFX
Sean Cox ... Compositing Supervisor
Jayson Davis ... visual effects artist: Lola VFX
Sean Devereaux ... VFX Creative Director
Brady Doyle ... digital compositor: Zero VFX
Brian Drewes ... vfx executive producer
Jadan Duffin ... digital compositor: Zero VFX
Alex Falcon ... cg artist
P. Whitney Gearin ... visual effects executive producer: Zero VFX
Kurt Lawson ... digital compositor: Zero VFX
Eric Mattson ... matte painter
Natalia Matveenko ... visual effects artist: Lola VFX
Mare McIntosh ... visual effects producer: Lola VFX
David Pietricola ... visual effects artist
Travis Reinke ... 3d actor scanning
Brian Sales ... digital compositor
Steven Spady ... visual effects editor: Zero VFX
Andrew Spalding ... vfx data wrangler
Mark Stern ... visual effects executive producer: Lola Visual Effects
Ryan Swan ... Production Assistant / Roto Artist: Zero VFX
Annalisa Torina ... visual effects production manager
Arthur Vail III ... digital compositor: Zero VFX
Mike Warner ... Visual Effects Supervisor: Zero VFX

Stunts

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Matt Allmen ... stunts
Jennifer Badger ... stunt coordinator
Joshua Bradley ... stunt double: Mark Wahlberg
John Copeman ... cover stunt coordinator
Thomas DuPont ... cover coordinator / stunt driver
Alexis Lord ... stunts
David Brian Martin ... stunts
Trent Mayo ... precision driver
Maya Santandrea ... stunt double: Isabela Moner
Aden Stay ... stunt driver
Remington Steele ... stunt double: Nicholas Logan
Casey Ann Zeller ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matt Alexander ... grip
Kyle Z. Anderson ... Lamp Operator: day player
Mike Black ... grip
Kenneth Bolton ... b dolly grip
Jesse Carver ... rigging electrician
Marc Casey ... underwater camera technician
Adam Castro ... 1st assistant camera: 'B' camera
Tim Chang ... basecamp electric
Stephen Crowley ... gaffer
Juvonn Daves ... grip
Scott Forte ... second assistant "a camera"
David R. Galindo ... rigging electric gang boss
Matthew Haskins ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jimmy Hendrix ... grip
Darryl Humber ... dolly grip
Gregory Irwin ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nicholas Kay ... digital imaging technician
Jonathan Kobs ... Video Assist Operator
Bret Lanius ... c camera first assistant
Lane Leagans ... grip
Matt Matches ... digital utility
Cameron Mendel ... Video Playback Operator
Nelson Moncada ... additional second assistant camera
Tom Novell ... rigging electrical best boy
Joseph Parker ... grip
D.J. Phillips ... loader
C. Alan Rawlins ... key grip
Riko Schatke ... best boy grip
Matt Shearer ... rigging grip foreman
John Slade ... technocrane operator
Hopper Stone ... still photographer
Scott Stuart ... Rigging grip
John Sweet ... rigging electrician
Dylan Trivette ... epk & behind the scenes
Steve Zigler ... rigging gaffer

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Kristi Lugo ... casting assistant
Bryan Riley ... casting associate
Tammy L. Smith ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charelle Bronson ... costume buyer
Scott T. Coppock ... key costumer
Lorraine Crossman ... costumer to mr. wahlberg
Kassia Dombroski ... costume assistant
Ana González-Dorta ... additional set costumer
Keith Hudson ... key costume ager/dyer
Katerina Kojeva ... costume coordinator
Valerie Martin ... costumer
Theresa Morales ... truck costumer
Kendra L. Patterson ... set costumer
GeeGee Smith ... production assistant
Addy Steigerwalt ... set costumer
Deborah Zimmerman ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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John Birchall ... key assistant location manager
Ian Easterbrook ... location manager
Alexander Paul Kahn ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Ryan Castle ... music editor
Shannon Murphy ... music coordinator
Justine von Winterfeldt ... music supervisor
Gina Zimmitti ... music contractor
Kim Seiniger ... music production executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Sheri B. Burton ... driver: Rose Byrne
Josh Dover ... transportation co-captain
Kevin Hardy ... transportation captain
Chad Kinsey ... driver
Jourdan McKay ... driver
Stephanie Watts ... dot administrator
Doug Wright ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Tommy Armour IV ... assistant to stephen levinson
Hunter Barcroft ... production secretary
Dustin Beach ... office production assistant
Nicole Beaudoin ... manager: physical production
Aaron Becker ... Main Title Design
Amber Blackman ... 2nd assistant accountant
Veronika Bonell ... Adr Artist
David Michael Brown ... craft service
Sam Carmichael ... senior coordinator: Paramount Pictures
Nick Chambers ... additional set production assistant
Meilee Condron ... adr voice actor
Derron Delaney ... medic
Emily Dick ... staff production assistant
Matt DiGennaro ... second assistant accountant
Jennifer Trino Gagne ... dog trainer/wrangler
Alycia Garcia ... production safety manager
Devan Gerlach ... production assistant
Jackson Giles ... travel coordinator
Jane Goldsmith ... script supervisor
Victoria Grahn ... Photo Double/Stand-in (Julianna Gamiz)
Morgan Hayes ... assistant to Octavia Spencer
Molly Honea ... office production assistant
Billy Horne ... additional set production assistant
Noah Howard ... medic
Ben Jensen ... Production Safety
Eva Jensen ... studio teacher
Kim Khoo ... production coordinator
Jamie Lieberman ... Senior Coordinator of Physical Production
Evan Andrew Marsh ... staff production assistant (as Evan Marsh)
Kate Maudlin ... assistant to the executive in charge of production
Missy McGuire Hintz ... key second assistant accountant
Troy James Miller ... titles producer: Filmograph
Stewart Scott Mitchell ... production resources
Jack Moseley ... production assistant
Marley Mountcastle ... assistant production coordinator
Abby Pierson ... assistant to Rose Byrne
Rob Porter ... police coordinator
Samantha Quan ... Acting Coach
Diego Jorge Rodriguez ... photo double
Abbey Roe ... assistant to stephen levinson
Vinisha Rumph ... Location Coordinator
Tammy Sandler ... unit publicist
Michael Simmons ... office production assistant
Rory D. Smith ... 1st assistant accountant
Sophia Tapia ... payroll accountant
Bobby Thompson ... production assistant
Kirsten Tobey ... production finance coordinator
John Whitley ... production accountant

Thanks

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Mike Rizzuto ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 they all make comments about never having confidence in the Wagners adopting kids. Ellie has enough and decides that they will go through with the foster care to prove that they can be good parents..

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Taglines Just add chaos laughter awkwardness mistakes love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Apprentis parents (France)
  • Plötzlich Familie (Germany)
  • Familia al instante (Spain)
  • Instant család (Hungary)
  • Instant druzina (Slovenia)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Budget $48,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $14,504,315, 18 Nov 2018
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $81,025,217, 17 Jan 2019

Did You Know?

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Trivia John McConnell and Maureen Brennan who play Mr and Mrs Muskie are actually married in real life. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 14 February 2019 (2019). See more »
Soundtracks Insane In The Brain 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 »

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