Instant Family

Instant Family ★★★★

Based on the trailer for Instant Family, I expected a light, occasionally funny R-rated comedy featuring the hilarious Rose Byrne and the perpetually exasperated character often employed by Mark Wahlberg. Firstly, I must not have been fully paying attention since this the film is PG-13, which alters the kinds of places it can go (I can confirm the single MPAA-allotted f-word is well deployed). Secondly, I was not prepared to be consistently moved and entertained by a powerful, heartfelt look at foster families. Even the pre-show video from director Sean Anders explaining that the film is partially autobiographical did not prepare me for what was to come.

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