Instant Family (2018) – Movie Review

This weekend #InstantFamily hits theaters. So how is this adoption based comedy?

This is my movie review for Instant Family (2018).

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Plot Synopsis
When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they 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 and trying to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family.

Directed by Sean Anders

Produced by
Sean Anders
Stephen Levinson
John Morris
Mark Wahlberg

Screenplay by
Sean Anders
John Morris

Starring
Mark Wahlberg
Rose Byrne
Isabela Moner
Margo Martindale
Julie Hagerty
Tig Notaro
Octavia Spencer

Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Brett Pawlak
Edited by Brad Wilhite

Production company
Closest to the Hole Productions

Distributed by Paramount Pictures / Paramount Studios

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20 Responses to Instant Family (2018) – Movie Review

  1. Barry Jeffrey

    Sean I just want to say I love your videos dude, thank you for all these entertaining videos and please keep up the great work! You are one of the best Youtubers 🙂

  2. J

    How is a 7.5 out of 10 a B? I'm confused. Is your scale F 1-2, D 2-4 C 4-6 B 6-8 and A 8-10?

  3. BENNY BRICKs

    Funny movie just watched it today!

  4. Reena Jung

    do people cry watching this?

  5. Idk Idc

    You dont have to believe me but i saw this movie early its a really good movie

  6. Ghost Gaming

    I can relate I’m adopted it made me cry a couple times but I’m still pretty young

  7. baxterpoo

    I give it a 9 out of 10 because I've met some foster kids and this rings true from the comedy to the heartbreak. I didn't feel this was a comedy, it just had some good comedic moments. I used to get hit in the head all the time as a kid and my mother would just answer the phone with "What hospital is she in" or "What Happened This Time". So though it may not seem like kid can have this many accidents, trust me, they can. I would call it a hard PG 13 as well though the 7-8 year old girls in front of us were very much into the film. I think they may have been foster kids at one time because they were very invested in the film.

  8. Marc Bibanga

    I just saw it and I think it was an amazing movie.

  9. Abishek Dhinesh

    Hey Sean can you talk about Stan Lee please

  10. Kalan Skean

    Thanks really helped me decide to go see it

  11. Deadpool I LIKE GUNS

    YOU DID A SPOILER ALERT

  12. Deadpool I LIKE GUNS

    I didn't get to see It Becuz I have to go to a Christmas walk

  13. Rocketboom 101

    Sean, can you make a video about your thoughts on Stan Lee’s death?

  14. SirTyJensen

    I agree Instant Family was fine. I didn't like the trailer but I wanted to give it a shot anyway.

  15. Zephyr

    My wife and I just got back from this film and I just have a few quick thoughts. Overall, I enjoyed the movie.

    I feel like it was not nearly as family-friendly as the trailers would lead you to believe. There was a LOT more language than I had anticipated and the sexual content was unexpected as well.

    I agree the tone was all over the place: it almost felt like the filmmakers didn't quite know what kind of movie they were trying to make. There are moments of real emotional weight, interspersed with odd, out-of-place, slapstick humor.
    The acting was hit-or-miss as well. While Isabella Moner was absolutely amazing in the role of the oldest daughter, Lizzy (the first I've seen her), Mark Wahlberg is cartoonish as always and Rose Byrne was basically her Bridesmaids character.
    Also, the characterization had some problems. At times every character in the film seemed completely realistic and at others they were more like exaggerated cartoons. Many things they do and say are completely out of character and seem only to be used to push the plot forward.
    Lastly, this film has some of the worst editing I have ever seen. The continuity from shot to shot is absolutely laughable at times, with an actor's posture and facial expressions flip-flopping multiple times between cuts. There were also multiple shots and scenes in the trailer that were absent in the theatrical release (fairly common and not a deal breaker, but noticeable).
    In addition to some really heavy-handed exposition by characters we never really get to know, the script is pretty amateurish and predictable.
    All that being said, I enjoyed the film. There are a lot of genuinely hilarious moments and more than a few emotional beats that hit home, causing me to choke up. The fact that the film did not completely gloss over the challenges (and rewards) of fostering and adopting is admirable. Reactive Attachment Disorder is a common occurrence with adopted children, especially teens, and this film does show some of that.

  16. Holographic_Stoner 420

    Have you seen Bodied? If yes, will you be doing a review for it?

  17. Jacob Berry

    Can you Ranked the CW villains worst to Best.

  18. Carter Dahl

    Do you think you can hit 80k subs by the end of the year

  19. Jason The Film Pick Dickinson

    Great Review

  20. Sean Chandler Talks About Needs one million subs!

    Where is the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review?

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