Instant Family

Instant Family Summary and 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. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale. When Pete and Ellie 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, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Instant Family Wiki

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Instant Family (2018)

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- Amazing5 star

People who say this movie is bad are just glass half empty and miserable people. This movie is great and very heart warming. Highly recommend that you watch it.


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- Amazing and Family5 star

It was such a amazing movie I've ever see that movie helping the family who doesn't have children ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ I suggested to everyone to see this movie

- I love it!!!5 star

πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‹πŸ˜›πŸ˜πŸ˜œπŸ™‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ˜Š I love it!! I love this movie. It is very funny, very touching, and you will find yourself half laughing, half crying during the movie! It’s amazing!! And all you people with the bad reviews, HAVE YOU EVEN WATCHED IT????? Lizzie, the fifteen and the oldest, is used to taking care of her two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. Juan, the second youngest, is kind of scared after being at the foster home, and Lita, the youngest, is used to getting her own way, doesn’t adjust to the new home at first. At first, Lizzie doesn’t realize that her new parents care about her, and she thinks that they just want Juan and Lita. But in the end, she realizes just how much she means to them. I challenge you to watch it and not cry at some points, or laugh at others. If you watch it you will even find yourself laughing and crying at the same time. Recommended for ages 10 plus.

- Favorite Movie!!5 star

I like this movie a lot i felt like i could connect with it in a way because when i was smaller i was also put in a foster home for a bit but then i got to go back home anyway thats a different story for another day but if youre thinking of watching or renting it youll really enjoy it!!! Rate this movie 10/5 πŸ™Œ had to buy it right after watching it πŸ˜†

- Instant Heart Warming4 star

While It didn’t portray the gritty side of the foster care system, it did show the importance of family in our lives. We have been spoon fed lies about a village, single-parents, etc. The truth is that we all benefit the most from having a full family to support us and help us grow as humans. This is the silly, light-hearted approach. I also recommend Home For The Holidays for a more adult version of families around the holidays. Every so often I enjoy these sentimental family movies that reflect an earlier time period’s morals. We seem to be missing that in today’s world. But, it’s nice to remember that we all have it inside ourselves even if it doesn’t show all the time.

- Good4 star

It was pretty good not bad

- Good5 star

Good movie. You should watch it.

- AMAZING trust me5 star

I love comedies like this its fun i cried and laugh in repeat. I think if you like emotional movies try this one it is kinda sad and happy. i hope you enjoyed this movie as much as i did good day.

- All the emotions5 star

So much better than I thought it would be. The cast was magnificent, complimenting each other in every way. The kids were real and obnoxiously fantastic. I just can’t get over how great this movie was.

- Absolutely Wonderful5 star

Don't think twice easily the best family movie ever. Such an emotional roller coaster!

- Awesome movie5 star

Tom Segura is probably the funniest thing in this movie. The thanksgiving scene is bananas. Great family movie

- Awesome5 star

Juan is a funny guy

- Haven’t cried in a while5 star

I know a lot of people are bashing this movie because of the foul language, or that it’s different from the real foster care system, but if you just focus on the characters and their relationships I think you’ll love it.

- Very well done!5 star

I cried, absolutely loved it.

- Great. Feel good movie5 star

Watched it with my kids. It did have a christmas spoiler. Good acting and great story. My 12 year old and 10 year old liked it too.

- Such a wonderful movie.5 star

Love wins, always.

- Bad Language1 star

Sad that this family movie had to have all the bad language in it.

- Inspiring and Honest5 star

Great movie!! Love the attempt at an honest depiction of the difficulty of fostering.

- Wow!5 star

It’s perfect

- Great Movie!!!5 star

Great movie!!!

- Nice feel good show.4 star

A movie with heart and compassion when not everything goes according to plan but has a happy ending.


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- Watch now; beat movie ever5 star

My favorite movie would recommend completely!!!!!

- Awesome!!!!5 star

Amazing movie!!!!

- Love it5 star

Love it

- Awesome5 star

Perfect movie!!

- Wonderful film!5 star

Really enjoyed this one. Acting and story was great.

- I love this5 star

This was such a wonderful movie. My family does foster care and I could relate to a lot of the things they went through. Love this!

- cute, but not great3 star

cute but wouldn’t watch again

- Amazing5 star

I cried and laughed so many times. Such a heart warming movie! AMAZING job

- Bad language don’t watch with kids1 star

We rented it to watch as a family movie because I thought the topi was great but had to stop half way when I finally got fed up with the language and explaining to my kids we don’t use those words in our family. Just sad that they ruined something that had a wonderful potential

- Terrible Language1 star

Couldn’t even enjoy the movie with all the horrid cuss words in it. This is far from PG-13.

- Im still crying5 star

This movie is fun, entertaining, beautiful and absolutely heart wrenching. I think they did a wonderful job showing how crazy going through the foster system might be.

- The Rotten Tomatoes Participation Award of 20192 star

Based on a true story - so we cannot tell the truth that the movie was just plain bad. I am wondering if this was written by a 16-year-old who doesn't understand how foster, adoption, and the real world works. The swearing makes this movie unwatchable for families. Does anyone really believe that counselors, teachers, and parents talk like that in professional situations? Would counselors allow outright bullying of other foster parents and kids? Yeah, yeah. It's just a movie. But it's a sensitive subject with the potential to deliver a meaningful message. And it just missed the mark. I wanted to like the movie. But the end left me wanting my money back.

- Good family story4 star

Not the most profound story but entertaining and with a well developed arc

- MUST WATCH5 star

This movie displays a great story with strong role-models as well as you developing relationships with the characters. You will laugh and cry. A must watch movie

- Loved it!!!5 star

Heartfelt and funny! Buying it!

- Great film5 star

This film offers a REAL perspective on being a parent! My hat is off to the writer, director, producer and everyone who contributed to the making of the film. If you are deciding to watch or purchase this film, in my opinion it is totally worth your time and/or money.

- Fun family movie!5 star

Humor helped and the ending was a bit Disney, but this wonderful and challenging and scary experience is a story more people need to talk about!

- Gay Agenda and foul language In Your Face2 star

If you think this is a family movie think again. It can be, it just has to be re-edited with out the cursing and the gay non-sense being forced down everyone’s throat. It’s not natural to this movie it’s forced. I like to feel good and enjoy my time at the movies. This movie didn’t feel good. It felt like stress and drama at home. So if you want more of the same crap you deal with day to day at home go see this. If you want an escape go see something else. Who makes this crap? Oh the far left Hollywood I forgot.

- No Thanks.1 star

People are rating high bc of the topic. The movie could’ve been good but the language and crappy lines ruined it.

- A Movie with Heart5 star

I’m very happy this movie brought attention to orphans, & foster care that is awful in America. Mark Walhberg is a great talent and when I see his name starring in a movie I know the movie will be worth watching & the movie will be held to a higher standard. This is a happy heart tug movie that is worth watching.! Totally enjoyed!

- An unexpectedly wonderful film5 star

I absolutely loved this film; I highly recommend it Enjoy

- πŸ˜†πŸ˜’πŸ˜₯5 star

It was so cute made me feel sad because it is true

- Great subject tarnished with foul language1 star

This show took a great subject that could be very funny and inserted a bunch of foul language and sexual innuendos. There was no need for the language to make the film funnier. This precluded being able to watch the movie with our kids.

- Instant family5 star

This movie is worth the money I spent on it

- Critics gave thumbs up with negative statements?2 star

Ok, the preview looks stupid , the whole thing seems like not even worth it for freeπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ so that is my opinion, you think for your selves, byeπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

- Honest Portrait of Fostering5 star

Sure, this movie is witty & funny. Beyond that, the foster system is given proper light. Not everything is roses though. The film does a great job of showing the difficulties and realities of foster parenting. At the end, my wife & I seriously considered becoming foster parents ourselves.

- I ended up buying it5 star

The first few minutes I saw what looked like wooden acting and was ready for disappointment, but it turned into a quirky feel good movie. There were so many times I stopped to replay a scene, the Thanksgiving scene at least 5 times - would you open your eyes already? - that I ended up buying the film. Is it predictable? Yeah, but get that Avatar thing out of the way and enjoy it anyway.

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ti_will_music - I did not expect this!5 star

I loved that movie. Great family movie also very funny. I did not expect it to be that good.

myejsjfsgjjgsgjsjtsi - AMAZING5 star

It’s and amazing movie! Should be rated PG14. Too much swearing for PG

No Love - Loved it.5 star

Great family move. Based on real life people. Also every Marky mark movie is great.

Tammylyn - Good Job4 star

Good Movie

Lwhiting08 - Get Ready To Cry5 star

An absolutely amazing film. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry and then certain parts with break your heart. I loved it and so did my family!

doony47 - Too much swearing1 star

There is too much swearing for a PG rating. Rating should be PG14.

Mox_Nix - Totalling into this5 star

Great Message. Harmonius humour. Talented Acting

Myamunroe - BEST MOVIE EVER5 star

Was an awesome movie, by far my favourite out

CMKD11 - The best movie5 star

The best movie it is sooooooooo good

Tevary - Barb015 star

Wow just by watching the trailer I knew it was good!

Jenn22! - Great Movie5 star

I highly recommend watching this movie.

Nanda Wubs - Not a family movie1 star

This movie should not be rated PG. Adult material and language.

that boi12 - Bad !!1 star

Very bad movie

THIS game IS stupid3345 - Amazing movie5 star

It should be PG 13 bc there is a lot of cursing and bad stuff but it is still an amazing movie

DanπŸ¦‹ - INSTANT FAMILY5 star

this movie is very good!

busymommyNL - Great, but should be rated PG133 star

Loved it but because of the rating decided to watch with kids under 11 present! Wish I had known there was loads of vulgar language and sexual content or language in this movie. Should definitely have a higher rating. Besides for that, it was great and loved every minute!

plumcoullee - Great movie4 star

I try to see all of Wahlburg movies and this did not disappoint. It is a great story, well written and produced. It is touching and I enjoyed every bit of it.

eali 34 - NOT a family friendly movie1 star

Full of excessive swearing,inappropriate sexual language,many examples of children showing disrespect to adults. This movie had great potential but disappointing because of above comments

Icantbelieveitsnot.... - Why an f-bomb and 30+ ship words in PG films?2 star

I was told this was a great movie. I was told after I had asked that it was safe for families. I was told you’ll all enjoy this. What the *eck? This is rated PG and in my day there was a few potty jokes, occasional s bomb but no f words. And no, we don’t lead sheltered lives. I just want my family to not have to hear those words outside of school... let alone pay money for someone to say them to me. The movie could have been excellent, the premise wonderful, the family dynamic spot on. I just couldn’t get over my youngest giving me looks with every bad word. Does it put me off being a foster parent? No. Would my foster kids be aloud to swear? Under house rules, they learn not to in the house and hopefully this spills over into other aspects of their lives. Hopefully you will still enjoy this film and think about becoming a foster parent. It can be very rewarding and can lead to adoption. So instead of watching this, go to to learn more.

mikeymcc - Best Movie Ever!5 star

Best movie ever!

Peeweepoet10 - So good5 star

This is my favourite movie

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BrookeSwopes - Brooke5 star

One of the best movies I have ever seen.

dooky15 - Great5 star


fidus achates - Great and thoughtful movie5 star

Helping people is important. Don’t be selfish.

bbarielhater - AMAZING5 star

Great movie about foster care and a great plot

Yaya Morales - 100% GOLD5 star

If you want to laugh, watch this movie. If you want to cry, watch this movie. If you love family, watch this movie. Instant family brings us all the hardships and good times while in the time of fostering.

Sgtkeebler - I’m a 28 year old man and I never watch5 star

Movies like these, but this one was actually really good! Really touching story of a family that adopts 3 children, and you get to see their struggles of becoming 1 family unit with a strong bond. Highly recommend this movie.

aaaaaaabbbbbbbcccccccddddddd - YES4 star

I love it I don’t care what others say about it.

Freedomfirst - Instant Family1 star

Great plot BUT too vulgar and insulting to advantage intelligence. I got about 40 min in and shut if off.

Tayter17 - So beautiful!5 star

Love this movie!

medina jackie - Love it!!!5 star

Such a heart felt movie. It’s funny and it makes you sad at the same time.

Jerry Muckelrath - Instant Family4 star


Shaharah L - Tugs at the heart strings5 star

I was blessed enough to be adopted and raised by grandparents. So this movie got to me. I enjoyed the light heartedness and the gravity of it. I watched all the way through the end of the credits. How awesome it was to see all the instant families.

TottenRomatoes - Cute3 star

Cute and moderately entertaining. Politically correct characters are a little contrived and unnecessary. But if you can wade through Hollywood’s agenda the story has some enjoyable moments.

Instantfamily101 - FANTASTIC5 star

I loved the movie so much! I've been watching it every day for the past 2 weeks. Somtimes I watch it more than once a day. I enjoy the diffrent elements of the movie; happy, sad, funny (etc.). I reccomend it 100000%!! P.S. Some may say this is an emotional ROLLERCOASTER!!!

nicholecarrieri - πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ5 star

Great movie!!! Made my husband tear up a little too!!!

Mikadog38 - Great family movie5 star

Love the humor and the sincere love for the kids.

mrm5704 - Funny, sweet, inspiring5 star

Good movie! ❀️

angie&ray - Loves it!5 star

My husband and I laughed and cried...what a touching, funny and inspiring movie...wished we had more movies like this these days!

FunkyChicken29 - Prepare to be heart warmed!5 star

Pretty excellent movie!

Blueisallineed - Great movie!5 star

Reminds me to be thankful for my family and have the upmost respect for people who adopt kids! Very touching movie with funny and many tear jerkers.

Betteroffari - LOVE THIS ❀️5 star


princessrzp - Love this movie!5 star

This movie was so cute! Definitely loved it!

tou have to love songs - Cool5 star

Looks like a good movie

jshxsn - LOVE5 star

I love this movie such a good family racoledy

[email protected] - Made with good cheese5 star

This movie is pretty cheesy but made with good intentions and strong actors. Worth the rent.

fuzzy bunmy - A must watch movie5 star

Ever since the first trailer came out, I knew I wanted to watch this movie. I’m so glad I did. Not only does this movie pull on all of your heart strings, but it’s humorous and fun and loving. This movie teaches you that family is everything. Juan and lita are adorable and Lizzie is the most relatable teenager. The wagners are the most corny parents out there but they love the children and watching their family grow makes you feel so much joy. Please watch this movie if you are in the mood to laugh, cry or just watch a feel good movie. I promise you will enjoy every second of it πŸ’•

Shoppie_YT the robloxian - Good5 star

It was fun...

Dafinator - Great movie!5 star

Heartwarming and just really really great! So happy I bought this and have it in my collection. It made me laugh and cry! XO

[email protected] - Best Comedy & Family Movie Of My Life!!!!!!!!!!! Love It!!!!!!!!!5 star

Very fun movie and very emotional, especially for Lizzy when she had good days and bad days. Well Done, Isabela Moner. You made my movie night the best one of my life, especially when my mom is very contagious and it’s all because of one scary contagious shot. That week for me and mom the scariest one of our lives and that happened last November in 2018. Worst medical situation of my life. Thank you so very much. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™Great job. P.S.: You are my favorite character of this movie, Isabela. You know, like Lizzy is short for Elizabeth and your attitude is so insane and a lot tougher than I ever expected.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

awesom job - AMAZING5 star

Amazing job I watched this movie over a again it is my all time fave movie

Jjjjdc5 - Funny movie!5 star

Great movie! My gf cried on some parts! Lol definitely recommend!

Joe2314 - Instant family2 star

It has a great story. But the biggest thing it had to much foul language.

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I’m so impressed by this should make more movies like this one.πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸ’πŸ˜›πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸŒΉπŸ¬β€οΈπŸ˜œπŸ€©πŸ˜πŸŒ·πŸ’‹πŸ€―

mikelala123 - amazing5 star

emotional funny great actiing. overall awesome. its been a while since ive watched someting so good

sadra.jangiaghdam - The best movie I have been seen until now5 star

Really good comedy and emotional movie.

Diaryofawimpykid fan - Great Movie5 star

This movie was awesome! It was so inspirational and funny at the same time. I recommend watching itπŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜€

Edward Cl. - Heartwarming5 star

Definitely one of the better movies in a long time. Decided to but it after we rented it.

bapbabygabby - Excellent family movie5 star

I have been waiting to watch it since I saw the trailer for it and it did not disappoint!

Law Abiding Movie Critic - Law Abiding Critic3 star

3 stars was generous. I almost stopped watching. Rose Byrne was annoying - probably not her fault, just given one obnoxious line after another. This is a family movie that has nothing to do with the actual foster care system.

WifeYii - from the wifey5 star

i love this movie me and my husband sat home and had our movie night and had a lot of movie time

Chadwick, SD, Ca. - Well done!5 star

There aren’t too many flicks like this that bring people together under real hardship, love, and humor, but this feel good story tugs at real life struggles that anyone can relate to. Hats off to Mark and the entire cast for pulling this story Together!

Helltwotheyea - No1 star

I didn’t like it at all and I went through foster care I hated the movie

aliyahjp - Love it!5 star

This movie had me on the edge of my seat, laughing, and in tears at one point. I love this movie, it was better than i was expecting to be.

Tomlinew - Awesomely5 star

Great movie. Warms the soul

angelwongwong - Great movie in recent years!5 star

It is such a great movie that I haven't seen any during these years! I love family loving kind of movie and this one is definitely a great one! It also reminds me of how to be a loving parent even in hard times! I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to catch some loving stories during weekends!

Ray10303 - Just down right amazing5 star

Rented this didn’t know what to expect . Blown away really good movie . It has heart and is funny . Great job mark .!!!

Heatherkay4 - Heartfelt & Hysterical5 star

I got all the feels while laughing out loud!

Breebree Marie - Instant Family5 star

Funny and heartwarming movie

woah123456 - Amazing5 star

I saw this in theaters when it first came out and it was amazing, i just recently watched it today. I definitely recommend for ages 12+, there is a lot of language but overall great movie for tweens and up.

Ariauna - Real, Heartfelt, Funny5 star

An honest real look at the fostering with a twist of humor and sensitivity. A must see.

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