instant family | review

This film…not as bad as I thought! Instant Family stars Mark Whalberg and Rose Byrne as a couple who adopt two children and a teenager. As all comedies go, hijinks and mischief send the parents into a world of craziness. Fights, broken glass, fires, it’s all common as both groups try to get used to each other.

Overall this film is very straightforward, but nonetheless very touching and funny in many moments. It flows from good moment to bad pretty easily, and always keeps things pretty light with a joke here and there. Strong standouts are from the children, in particular teenager Isabela Moner (pictured above) who carries the emotional weight of the film, and supporting leads Margo Martindale and Octavia Spencer, who are always such a sweet treat.

I was slightly hesitant about how good this film would be, but I was pleasantly surprised! It’s a heartfelt, funny comedy with very genuine and emotional moments. It teaches the audience a lot about adoption and raising kids in a very true and funny way, and if you’re itching for a easy but interesting film to watch, this is a great option.

3/5 stars

Cover photo: Paramount, via IMDB

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