Instant Family Review
A while back ago, I got the chance to watch Instant Family at an early screening and loved it. If you haven’t already heard about this movie, it’s about Pete and Ellie, a couple, who decide to adopt a child and end up with three. Along the way, they discover all of the ups and downs of parenthood, specifically for a foster parent.
Pete and Ellie decide to adopt a kid, sort of on a whim, which was strange because there’s usually a definitive reasoning for people looking to adopt but the film did circle back to that point at the end, and it was a very sweet way of justifying their choice. It was admirable to see that they were willing to adopt a teenager, Lizzy, and then adopt that teenager’s two young siblings, Lita and Juan, because that doesn’t happen all that often. Usually, people looking to adopt are looking for a young kid because teenagers can be troublesome, or it’s at least seen that way, and the other parents in that foster parent group of theirs ended up adopting small children. But, given the fact that Ellie and Pete didn’t really connect with any other kid, but really seemed to connect with Lizzy, in the sense that she was honest and sarcastic at the adoption fair.
This film, as sweet as it was, was also equally as funny. All three kids prove to be a handful for Pete and Ellie as it takes them time to realize that they’re actually here to stay, which is understandable because they’ve lived a life of moving around to different foster homes. Once they realize that Pete and Ellie are serious about keeping them around, they start to open up, specifically the younger kids, Lita and Juan. Lizzy, however, is more resistant as she still wants to be with her mom, which is, again, understandable.
At one point, their birth mom decides to fight to get her kids back, or at least it seems like that at first, but the film surprises you with a twist at the end regarding this situation, which is just something you’re going to have to watch the movie to find out. Regardless of what that twist is, it ends well and is super sweet.
It’s endearing, hilarious, and a great family movie about foster care. I thought that Instant Family had the same overall message of the now-canceled Freeform show, The Fosters without the intensity and seriousness that the show has. Movies like Instant Family remind us that blood doesn’t make a family, love does, and I’d recommend this movie to anyone and everyone.
Instant Family is out in theaters now.
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @mzsnguyenthai and @mzsamnguyenthai. Also click here to read her personal blog.
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