Instant Family is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean Anders.

Official trailers

Paramount Pictures on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 released the trailer:
Instant Family (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures.

Story intro

Married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner, feeling a void in the marriage, visit a foster care center. Two social workers, Karen and Sharon, guide the hopeful parents on the steps to getting into becoming adoptive parents. The couples are brought to a fair where they have the chance to go up to kids that they are interested in adopting. Pete and Ellie walk by the teenagers, although Ellie shows hesitance over raising a teen, but one of the teens, Lizzie, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens. Pete and Ellie talk to Karen and Sharon over potentially taking in Lizzie. The social workers inform the couple that Lizzie's mother is a drug addict who is currently in jail, and she set their home on fire because she left the crack pipe lit. It also turns out that Lizzie has two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. Although this seems like more of a challenge for Pete and Ellie, they agree to meet the siblings. Pete and Ellie have Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie's family, where they all make comments about never having confidence in the Wagners adopting kids. Ellie has enough and decides that they will go through with the foster care to prove that they can be good parents. Lizzie, Juan, and Lita begin to live with the Wagners. Although it is initially pleasant, it doesn't take long for things to get hectic. Lita refuses to eat anything but potato chips, and Juan reacts sensitively to every instance of trouble. Lizzie is also frequently bratty toward the Wagners, but especially Ellie. The two parents frequently attend support groups with the other couples for insight on what to do with the kids.


Mark Wahlberg
Pete Wagner, Sandy's son and Ellie's husband and the adoptive father of Lizzie, Juan and Lita
Rose Byrne
Ellie Wagner, Jan and Jerry's daughter, Pete's wife, Kim and Linda's sister and the adoptive mother of Lizzie, Juan and Lita
Isabela Moner
Lizzie, Pete and Ellie's adoptive daughter, and Juan and Lita's sister
Gustavo Quiroz
Juan, Pete and Ellie's adoptive son, and Lizzie and Lita's brother
Julianna Gamiz
Lita, Pete and Ellie's adoptive daughter, and Lizzie and Juan's sister
Octavia Spencer
Karen, one of the social workers
Tig Notaro
Sharon, one of the social workers
Margo Martindale
Sandy Wagner, Pete's overbearing but goodhearted mother
Julie Hagerty
Jan, Kim, Linda and Ellie's mother and Jerry's wife
Allyn Rachel
Kim, Russ' wife, Linda and Ellie's sister and Jan and Jerry's daughter
Tom Segura
Russ, Kim's husband
Michael O'Keefe
Jerry, Kim, Linda and Ellie's father and Jan's husband
Brittney Rentschler
Linda, Kim and Ellie's sister, Jim's wife and Jan and Jerry's daughter
Jody Thompson
Jim, Linda's husband
Iliza Shlesinger
October, a single woman member of the foster parents support group that wants to adopt an athlete
Gary Weeks
Dirk, a religious member of the support group and Dana's husband
Joy Jacobson
Dana, a religious member of the support group and Dirk's wife
Hampton Fluker
Kit, one of the members of the support group and Michael's husband
Randy Havens
Michael, one of the members of the support group and Kit's husband
Andrea Anders
Jessie, one of the members of the support group and David's wife
Kenneth Israel
David, one of the members of the support group and Jessie's husband
Joan Cusack
Mrs. Howard, the Wagners' lonely neighbor
Valente Rodriguez
Judge Rivas, the Adoption Court Judge
Carson Holmes
Charlie, one of Lizzie's classmates
Nicholas Logan
Jacob, the school janitor
Rosemary Dominguez
Mrs. Fernandez, Brenda's adoptive mother
Javier Ronceros
Mr. Fernandez, Brenda's adoptive father
Eve Harlow
Brenda Fernandez, a young girl with addictions
Charlie McDermott
Stewart, Pete's co-worker
Joselin Reyes
Carla, Lizzie, Juan and Lita's biological mother


The film Instant Family was scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on November 16, 2018 (United States), on January 31, 2019 (Germany) and on February 14, 2019 (United Kingdom).

The duration of the film is 119 minutes. With a budget of $48 million, the film grossed over $81 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Instant Family got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

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