Instant Family

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Movie Info & Cast


A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.


  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Rose Byrne
  • Isabela Merced
  • Gustavo Escobar
  • Julianna Gamiz
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Tig Notaro
  • Tom Segura
  • Allyn Rachel
  • Britt Rentschler

Did You Know?


  • Isabela Merced and Mark Wahlberg previously starred together in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).
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  • During the Thanksgiving dinner, Ellie has a red necklace appear and disappear multiple times.
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    • 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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Verified Review

What a heartwarming story! I went to see it thinking I was gonna see just a silly comedy, but on top of the comedy, they gave us a beautiful message about adoption, that left me in tears! Bravo!

Gleilson D
Verified Review

my family is adopted and I'm glad adoptive families are finally getting some of their stories told

Carissa N


Nov 16, 2018

Instant Family didn’t just exceed my low expectations; it obliterated them. It’s the kind of honest, human comedy that’s so rare from Hollywood these days that when one finally comes along, you sit there in the theater in slack-jawed amazement and wonder: How does a movie like this happen?

Metacritic review by Matt Singer
Matt Singer
Nov 14, 2018

While the film commits errors of taste and tact, and is generally all over the place from start to finish, those issues come off here as byproducts of a certain generosity — a sense that Anders wants to convey a full range of experience, including the messy stuff in between the usual formulaic notes and beats.

Metacritic review by Jon Frosch
Jon Frosch
The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 14, 2018

The switch between moods—obvious comedy and sermonizing message—comes often, and clumsily.

Stephen Whitty
Film Journal International