Instant Family

Instant Family

(2019)

Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg adopt three kids and find themselves in over their heads in this comedy from Daddy's Home writer-director Sean Anders.... More

The couple initially hopes to take in only one young child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl (Isabela Moner, Sicario: Day of the Soldado), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight.Hide

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  • There's genuine heart and feeling scattered throughout Instant Family, enough to make one wish it would stick to a consistent tone without being repeatedly undercut with forced gags. Full Review

  • When it works, it's genuinely funny and moving. But when it doesn't, hoo boy, it's atrocious. But it mostly works. I think. Maybe. Full Review

  • Every hurt gets a balm applied real quick, the better to get to the next classic-rock-scored feel-good montage. Full Review

  • It's a shame that "Instant Family" reduces the complexity, pain and joy of parenthood to a multiplex-palatable family comedy. The real story is probably far more interesting ... and hopefully funnier. Full Review

  • It's genial and spirited and - unsurprisingly, given its genesis - has at least a basic feel for life as it's lived, full of stings and surprises. Full Review

  • You could call it sentimental and glib and say that it was put through a processor, and you'd be right, but in its on-the-nose cookie-cutter way this slice-of-life pablum has a lite humanity. Full Review

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