Small children, small worries – big children, big worries. But what does popular wisdom actually say about adopted children? Director and screenwriter Sean Anders, who is very familiar with the subject, answers this question in his pleasant comedy Instant Family (de. Plötzlich Familie), who once started a family in an unconventional way. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
The happily married, upper-middle class couple Ellie (Rose Byrne) and Pete (Mark Wahlberg) run a company that buys houses in need of renovation, completely renovates them and resells them. The topic of family planning was always overlooked by the busy couple, while offspring had already been brought into the world several times in the family circle. One evening, Ellie looks at the website of an adoption agency – and can hardly stop the tears. After a brief reluctance, Pete also lets himself be carried away by the idea of adopting a child. However, the preparation course at the adoption agency of their choice is no walk in the park: Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro) want to hand their protégés into the perfect arms at all costs – and also love to pass on difficult-to-place foster children to new parents. Like the rebellious teenager Lizzie (Isabela Moner) and her siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz)…
Movie explanation of the ending
Director Sean Anders has experienced ups and downs in terms of quality. Among other things, he was responsible for the painfully unfunny “Journey Tour” as well as the infamous Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg vehicle “The Chaos Dad”, but also the entertaining “Daddy’s Home” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, which was entertaining despite a few flaws its sequel boasts a film-loving finale. The fact that the two patchwork family comedies with Wahlberg in one of the leading roles are among Anders’ more successful works may be explained by his family history, because he lives in one himself: He and his wife adopted three siblings in 2012 – which may be his influenced the direction of both “Daddy’s Home” parts. With “Instant Family” such speculation is no longer necessary: this one from him and John Morris (“Kill the Boss 2”) Written comedy is loosely based on his own experiences as a father of three adopted children. And even if such “based on your own experiences” films don’t always work out, Anders’ passion for “Instant Family” can be clearly seen: This warm, honest, loving comedy is a lot of fun and still does justice to the seriousness of its subject matter.
Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) dedicate themselves to the topic of family planning in their own way…
“Instant Family” lives largely from its performances: Rose Byrne has already proven in several films, such as “Juliet, Naked” and both “Bad Neighbors” parts, her excellent talent for being hilarious and yet believable at the same time. to embody a realistic female figure with complex feelings. In this family dramedy, Byrne also shows off this great skill and portrays Ellie as a clever, quick-witted woman who can be heartbreakingly happy about small gestures and who laboriously swallows her frustration when faced with big provocations in order to bless the house – or vice versa. Mark Wahlberg, on the other hand, who often appears in big-sounding macho roles, shows once again that he should choose friendlier parts more often. Because as a man who has firmly decided to become the perfect adoptive father, but always has to growl and admit that there are no educational panaceas, he is much more charming and more surprising in his comedic mannerisms than in his typical roles. Also the supporting actress Octavia Spencer (“Shape of Water – The Whisper of Water”) and Tig Notaro (“Girls’ Night”) help “Instant Family” achieve its fun, emotional feel-good atmosphere: with pointed humor they give their two social workers, who tease each other (and the adoptive parents they help) with dry joy, a cheeky, sometimes more know-it-all attitude, and Nevertheless, their gestures continually exude a friendly, empathetic charisma.
But all of that would collapse if it were the young actress trio Isabela Moner (“Sicario 2”)Gustavo Quiroz (“Peppermint – Angel of Vengeance”) and Julianna Gamiz (“Making Babies”) not as good as it is: Inaffected, believably prickly and in the friendlier moments never so sugary that “Instant Family” would become sticky, they find exactly the right acting balance. The script also plays into this: “Instant Family” may not have a 100% fluid structure and may flatten out a plot point here and there, but the way Sean Anders and John Morris tell the story is still convincing: Equipped with rapid-fire dialogues and humorous situational comedy, “Instant Family” is a film full of energy, but Anders & Morris confidently and precisely always branch off into more emotional and dramatic realms when things get too comfortable for the characters.
The ice is slowly breaking between Pete and the kids…
“Instant Family” is not a soft-focus adoption advertising film that presents raising foster children as the easiest thing in the world: both the parents and the three children bite their teeth several times with each other and with each other, and external influences also make it difficult to create a harmonious relationship Family unit. And yet the negative experiences are never conjured up artificially or staged theatrically in order to artificially create emotion and tension. “Bride Alarm” composer Michael Andrews sometimes overemphasizes the pleasantness of the event with his softened, tender, cheerful melodies, and the song selection in “Instant Family” which is based on emotional, radio-friendly, gentle pop, underlines emotional situations twice or threefold, where the script and the Performances from the great cast already achieve more than enough. That mars the overall impression of this sensitive, warm-hearted and yet so witty comedy just a little bit: “Instant Family” is a beautiful, crisply told family film that doesn’t shy away from big emotions without becoming too cheesy, that doesn’t shy away from to tackle the challenges of being an (adoptive) parent and yet still provoke a lot of laughter.
Conclusion: Mark Wahlberg shows his friendly side, Rose Byrne shines once again and her film adoptive children hit exactly the right tone between prickly and sweet: “Instant Family” is a beautifully acted dramedy in which warm and funny moments seamlessly alternate
“Instant Family” can be seen in USA cinemas from January 31, 2019.