Instant Family

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Instant Family

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Even the parents seem stressed about even being in this film.
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Sean Anders
Starring: Mark Wahlberg
Rose Byrne
Isabela Moner
Tig Notaro
Margo Martindale
Julie Hagerty
Octavia Spencer
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Runtime: 118 minutes
Country: United States

Instant Family is a 2018 American comedy drama film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as parents who adopt three young children, played by Isabela Moner, Gustavo Escobar (Gustavo Quiroz), and Julianna Gamiz. The film opened in cinemas on November 16, 2018.

Synopsis

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 fifteen-year-old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hope of becoming a family.

Bad Qualities

  1. It is pretty much a generic family comedy film where two parents struggle with three annoying children. It also follows through many clichés, such as the "our main characters bond with someone that isn't theirs" cliché.
  2. There are several problems with the characters:
    • Pete and Ellie Wagner are pretty bad parents, as they do barely anything when their children behave horribly, except at one point where they punished Lizzy for breaking her curfew. This can be excused, since they never had any real experience with parenting, but yet they decide to get three kids instead of one, which just pours salt on the open wound.
    • The foster children are not all that better:
      • Jaun Wagner, the only son, is constantly scared over... the dumbest things, and continuously says "I'm sorry" whenever he messes up, which gets annoying real fast.
      • Lita Wagner, the youngest, screams, call other people names, and would not shut up whenever she does not get her way, and almost had her new foster home be set on fire... all because she wanted potato chips.
      • Lizzy Wagner, the oldest, is a stereotypical "teen valley girl," and she is rude to everyone aside from her siblings and friends, going as far as to hate them to the point where she almost separated herself and her siblings to go back to their real mother.
    • The other supporting characters, particularly Sandy Wagner, do absolutely nothing to progress the plot and serve as filler.
  3. This film lacks an overall plot, a problem shared with a majority of Sean Anders' movies.
  4. The emotional moments feel mostly forced and are absolutely ridiculous.
    • For instance, the very first "emotional" moment is when Juan drops a stapler on his foot, and ends up in the hospital. This would make sense, but Juan didn't even have the stapler, nor did he pick it up, and plus, why did he even drop it in the first place? And even then, dropping it wouldn't make the stapler function, anyway.
    • When Lizzy finds out that her birth mother is still smoking weed, she runs to Sandy's house and hides in the gate where the air conditioning units are at, despite the gate being taller than her, but comes out convinced that her foster parents will take care of her the best they can simply because they are aware that she hates cheese.
  5. This movie tries to portray foster parenting in an honest light, but it doesn't work that well.
    • Not helping is that this film also has a website that tells audiences all about adoption and how you can "open your heart and home for a waiting child." It also talks about all the great stuff about fostering and adoption, which is extremely hypocritical and nothing but filled with lies. As said before, the foster kids are horrible, mean, and cruel to the point where the message of foster parenting can get a bit muddled.
  6. Some elements can give off a bit of a bad taste. The characters would not only be one of the examples, but even some scenes such as the "child abuse" scene where the parents beat up the victim, who is called Jacob, for "abusing Lizzy."
  7. The ending does not make any sense, as the parents finally adopt the children... simply because Lizzy hates cheese, while the judge plays unfitting music and declares a family photo, and everyone in the courtroom gets together, even though they aren't part of this family.
  8. Obvious product placement for Six Flags.

Good Qualities

  1. The acting is pretty solid and the cast does the best they can with the poor script.
  2. There are some heartwarming moments.
  3. Pete and Ellie are likable characters, albeit to an extent, although they are pretty bad parents.
  4. Some of the jokes can get a good chuckle.
  5. Despite the message being a bit messy, the portrayal of the hardships of foster parenting is actually pretty spot-on.
  6. October, a minor character portrayed by Iliza Schlesinger who is a single woman in her 30s looking to adopt a teenager and turn him into a sports superstar, is admittedly pretty funny.

Reception

The film holds an approval rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 142 reviews and an average rating of 6.56/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

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Comments


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PhantomVulture

13 months ago
Score 1
You know, I always knew that this movie was going on the wiki at some point.
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Stephenfisher2001

9 months ago
Score 0
That's a good point. :)
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Mickey Mouse

12 months ago
Score 2
My reaction to the stapler scene: OH MY MOTHERDUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
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LeroyManTheFirst

one month ago
Score -5
@Stephenfisher2001 thank you for making 2020 the worst year ever!
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Dr. Nicholback

one month ago
Score 3
@LeroyManTheFirst whoa dude, chill.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 2
@LeroyManTheFirst Aren't you going too far by saying he made it "the worst year ever"? Not blaming it on, hell, just about anything bad that's happened this year (pandemic, deaths of celebrities, wildfires, riots, wokeness rising as a result of the riots, etc.)? Which is, like, 95% of everything that's happened in 2020?
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 8
Leroy, will you please shut the f*ck up? You thanked me that I ruined the year 2020, right? Guess what Leroy? It's 2020 for you, not me, cause I have a lot of money this year, and this year 2020 was great for me despite the delays because of COVID-19.
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AkihitoZero5454

one month ago
Score 1
@LeroyManTheFirst You're really a huge narcissist!
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Hookuai

one month ago
Score 2
@LeroyManTheFirst alright gravedigger
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Blader07

one month ago
Score 1
@LeroyManTheFirst Why? Stephen not does wrong to 2020, you just blame him without evidences.
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SpazJR61

one month ago
Score 3
Just ban Leroy already. He's already banned from CGW, AGW and RWW for his horrible behavior.
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Stephenfisher2001

12 months ago
Score 2
It's because the audience's scores can't be trusted.
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FreezingTNT

12 months ago
Score 2
Exactly. Just because a movie has a good reputation doesn't mean it's actually good. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was praised by critics and yet it has a page here due to having enough bad qualities.
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CarlFilip19

11 months ago
Score 1
Films like Sir Billi and Foodfight! are worse than Hellboy.
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Jfthelolzor

11 months ago
Score -6
I can't help but feel like this is more of a hate page than legit criticism
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 4
Dafuk do u mean?
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 8
Look, we don't give a fucking shit about what Rotten Tomatoes or any critic site says about it. We only care if the movie is good. And Instant Family is a terrible movie, no matter what those people say.
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Jfthelolzor

11 months ago
Score -1

well, if you think of the film like that, feel free to do so, but Stephan has a point.

sure, the film's pretty mediocre, but is it really 'worse than Hellboy' bad? the article in whole just feels like a detailed hot take and, again, a hate article with no sense of legit criticism. if the film really needs a spot on the wiki, I think it should be filed under 'average films' and nothing more. just sayin'.
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Trevor807

11 months ago
Score 4
So Stephan and Jfthelolzor, what do you think of the Force Awakens page.
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 0
The comment section was gone, it’s back now, yay :)
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 0
The only way to see this comment section now is viewing the articles history
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ACoolBlaze5

7 months ago
Score 0
So that's what I did
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HellLord

6 months ago
Score 0
Cool
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HellLord

6 months ago
Score 0
Justice For Sticky In This Comment Section
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FreezingTNT

4 months ago
Score 0
Is that an actual quote from the movie?
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NeedsMoreJPEG

4 months ago
Score 2
Instant Family sounds like a food brand.
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ACoolBlaze5

4 months ago
Score 12
I know this is 6 months ago but hate memes prove you take your hatred on things to the extreme.
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LeroyManTheFirst

one month ago
Score 1
I agree with ACoolBlaze5.
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HellLord

4 months ago
Score 1
S C R E A M I N G
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Stephenfisher2001

4 months ago
Score 0
Guys, I'm afraid that this page might be deleted.
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HellLord

4 months ago
Score 1
Don’t let the page get deleted
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Roblistic

4 months ago
Score 0
R.I.P this page, but what will replace it on the front page.
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HellLord

4 months ago
Score 2
Don’t make the page get deleted, it’s good
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Inkster

4 months ago
Score 0
HellLord, ItMeansNothing basically wants his own page deleted, so it's basically an author request.
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HellLord

4 months ago
Score 0
I know but still
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LeroyManTheFirst

one month ago
Score -1
It must, because ItMeansNothing hates this movie like how Inkster hates the NatDexers, and also you said something that makes me wanna commit suicide, which is “It's because the audience's scores can't be trusted.”.
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Dr. Nicholback

one month ago
Score 1
I might have to agree Leroy on this, also, does he mean the Rotten Tomatoes score or the audience score?
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 0
Calm down, Leroy. And he means both scores. Just because it's well-received doesn't make it actually good.
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 0
Plus, Leroy, why do you want to commit suicide all because of something he said?
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ItMeansNothing

4 months ago
Score 2
The crap that's going on this page is what I feared for The Last Jedi, ironically.
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Ratnik Na Sjeveru Studios

3 months ago
Score -3
I really hate family comedy movies
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P51Mustangfan42

2 months ago
Score 1
this film is good
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P51Mustangfan42

2 months ago
Score -2
it's an ok film, we should have a wiki, about movies that arn't good but is also not bad
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 2
A few attempts were made with such a concept. All were short-lived and were unofficial anyway.
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Part 8 Josuke

2 months ago
Score -3
ah its the movie the teachers forced us to watch and make essays about in school
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DarkMatterMan4500

2 months ago
Score 1
This Part 8 Josuke account seems suspicious.
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Anonymy

2 months ago
Score 0
Seems kinda sus to me...
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DarkMatterMan4500

2 months ago
Score -2
AnonyMy, that's what I said. It seems suspicious.
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ItMeansNothing

2 months ago
Score 2

Lizzy, HonEY, we DO KNow yOu. we...We knOW tHat

You hate cHEEse
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SmileFace24

2 months ago
Score 2
More like Instant Failure.
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TheSwagSceptile

one month ago
Score -2
I liked this movie until I read this, now I don’t
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LoonaHelluva

one month ago
Score -9
don't listen to criticsm man. this is why i hate recpetion wikis. they are sometimes meanspritied to media. and you can't just start hating on something because of a dumb review.. like, not telling you to start liking it again.. but well.
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ItMeansNothing

one month ago
Score 2
If you don't like it, then why TF are you here?
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EijiZeBoi

one month ago
Score 4
They're trying to give criticism towards this wiki, Wage-hyung.
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ChessPiece21

one month ago
Score 0
Iliza Schlesinger's character, who wants to adopt and "train" a student athlete, is admittedly pretty funny. She's a good actress who's wasted in a lot of bad/mediocre movies.
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Ernest E

26 days ago
Score -1
THEY DIDNT DECIDE TO GET 3 KIDS THEY ONLY WANTED 1 SPECIFIC KID BUT IT TURNS OUT THE OTHER 2 CAME WITH HER
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ItMeansNothing

15 days ago
Score 1
Alternate title: Family Toy Channel: The Movie
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The Kill Counter

4 days ago
Score 0
I’m kinda confused that if I seen this movie in theaters or if I didn’t see it in theaters, because I don’t remember

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