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For the first time ever, you guys are getting a review of a film that hasn't come out yet.
A few days ago, I was able to snag a ticket to an advance screening of the movie, Instant Family, and I decided to go. I walked a mile to the theater, got there extra early so that I could get a good seat, waited in the cold for an hour and a half, and got inside.
They gave us complimentary popcorn and drinks, and before the movie started, the writers and director showed up at the front of the theater and said a few words. Then, we watched the movie. And I loved it.
Here's my review!
Instant Family is an upcoming comedy film written by Sean Anders and John Morris and directed by Anders. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz, Octavia Spencer, and Tig Notaro.
The movie follows a married couple (Wahlberg, Byrne) who move into a new house and decide to adopt three foster children (Moner, Quiroz, Gamiz) and we follow them as they go through the ups and downs of being a family.
And I thought this movie was really good. I think it told a fantastic story about a family and it has a lot of emotion in it as well, along with being a very funny movie.
There were many times where I laughed during this movie. It's pretty funny, and even during the dramatic scenes, Anders did a good job of deciding where to add in some levity.
Overall, I really liked the story that it told. I think this is the kind of movie that's gonna get more people to want to adopt foster children. In fact, Anders actually based a lot of the events of the film on his personal life, and a line that Wahlberg's character said is actually something that Anders said.
This movie has hilarious comedy, it has some very emotional drama, and I also want to praise this movie for its realistic depiction of being a foster parent.
Now, the problem with this movie is its predictability. While I really enjoyed this movie, it did feel very formulaic and cliché at times. Nothing about the movie's plot seems particularly special or something that none of us have seen before.
That doesn't make the movie's plot BAD by any means, but it's just that by watching the trailer, you can already kind of piece together everything that happens in the movie. So, that's my only problem with this movie.
But in general, it's very good. I think all the characters were written pretty well, and they were all well-developed and interesting in their own ways. I also want to praise the performances in this movie, because I loved all of them.
Mark Wahlberg was very good in this comedic role, and Rose Byrne? She was FANTASTIC. Byrne completely sold me with her American accent. I was truly convinced that she was American, and I didn't even know that she wasn't until after I looked her up.
Isabela Moner also delivers an incredibly strong performance as Lizzy, their rebellious teenage daughter. She plays the role very realistically and she nailed her comedic and dramatic scenes. With her role in Sicario: Day of the Soldado earlier this year, I think she's on her way to becoming the next big star.
Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro also had some great comedic chemistry with each other and they were both authentic and hilarious in their roles. Everyone was really good in this movie.
Overall, this is a really good movie. It never felt boring for me at all, because I actually wanted to see Pete and Ellie do well at parenting. It's a feel-good movie where you can sit back, laugh, and enjoy it. The performances, writing, and directing are all very good.
So, if you like comedies, I highly suggest that you check this one out.