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Instant Family (2018)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 16 November 2018 (USA)
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A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

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Sean Anders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Pete
Rose Byrne ... Ellie
Isabela Moner ... Lizzy
Gustavo Escobar ... Juan (as Gustavo Quiroz)
Julianna Gamiz ... Lita
Octavia Spencer ... Karen
Tig Notaro ... Sharon
Tom Segura ... Russ
Allyn Rachel ... Kim
Britt Rentschler ... Linda (as Brittney Rentschler)
Jody Thompson ... Jim
Margo Martindale ... Grandma Sandy
Julie Hagerty ... Jan
Michael O'Keefe ... Jerry
Joan Cusack ... Mrs. Howard
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Storyline

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...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Just add chaos laughter awkwardness mistakes love.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instant Family See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,504,315, 18 November 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,363,237, 31 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,025,217, 17 January 2019
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gustavo Escobar had a small role in another Mark Wahlberg movie, Pain & Gain (2013). See more »

Goofs

During the Thanksgiving dinner, Ellie has a red necklace appear and disappear multiple times. See more »

Quotes

Juan: Do you like the Clippers?
Pete: I'm more of a Lakers fan.
[Pete throws the basketball at the net, it bounces off the ring and hits Juan in the face]
Juan: You hit me because I like the Clippers!
Pete: No, I think the Clippers are awesome. I think they were smart for trading Blake Griffin, their best player.
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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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References Rent-a-Kid (1995) See more »

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A family entertainment with sufficient laughs.
10 March 2019 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I saw this with my teen kids n 6 year ol nephew. This is a very clean family entertainment with enuff laughs n family moments. Honestly I got pulled into seeing this only cos of Wahlberg n Byrne. The film is based on a true story about a married couple who adopts three kids n one being a teen, parenting becomes difficult.

All parents love to c their teens transition into a happy, successful young adults n the job ain't easy but if u have somebody like grandma Sandy (Margo Martindale) then it helps.


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