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INSTANT FAMILY

SYNOPSIS:
A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

Review by Louise Keller:
Directed by Sean Anders (Daddy's Home), this sitcom-esque film is predictably easy watching with its appealing plotline and charismatic cast. In other words, it's the perfect entertainment for the undemanding.

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play Pete and Ellie, the couple keenly looking to adopt. Watch for the scene at the adoption agency, which propels the film on its chaotic projectory. 'This stuff takes time,' says Octavia Spencer's social worker.

Three orphans later, the fun begins. There is Lizzy (Isabela Moner), a teen with problems; her brother Juan (Gustavo Quiroz); and baby sister Lita (Julianna Gamiz). It is the characterisations and performances by Wahlberg and Byrne that are the film's greatest asset, as we watch their humour punctuated desperation to relate their new brood.

As for what can be considered 'normal' in family terms, who is to say? Filled with screwball situations and outcomes, Instant Family is good fun. As for Wahlberg and Byrne, they make you care about what happens - to them and their new family.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

INSTANT FAMILY (MA15+)
(US, 2018)

CAST: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Tamiz, Octav’a Spemcer

PRODUCER: Sean Amders, Stephen Levinson, John Morris, Mark Wahlberg, David Womack

DIRECTOR: Sean Anders

SCRIPT: Sean Anders, John Harris

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brett Pawlak

EDITOR: Brad White

MUSIC: Michael Andrews

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Clayton Hartley

RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Tba

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 26, 2018







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