Instant Family is a 2018 American comedy 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, after being taunted by relatives who think they will never have kids, start considering the option of adopting a child. Initially half-serious, they eventually decide to enroll in a foster parents course. 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. One of the teens, Lizzy, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens. Impressed with Lizzy's behavior, Pete and Ellie talk to Karen and Sharon over potentially taking her in. The social workers inform the couple that Lizzy'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 Lizzy 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. The first meeting, however, does not seem to result in an immediate "bond", and Pete and Ellie reconsider. Pete and Ellie have Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie's family, where they announce that they intend to walk back on their decision to adopt. Once the rest of the family shows relief, making it clear that nobody really believed that Pete and Ellie could make it, Ellie gets upset and decides that they will go through with the foster care to prove that they can be good parents.


Mark Wahlberg
Pete Wagner
Rose Byrne
Elinore "Ellie" Wagner
Isabela Moner
Lizzy Viara
Gustavo Escobar
Juan Viara
Julianna Gamiz
Lita Viara
Octavia Spencer
Karen, one of the social workers
Tig Notaro
Sharon, the other social worker
Margo Martindale
Sandy Wagner, Pete's overbearing and goodhearted mother
Julie Hagerty
Jan, Ellie's mother
Allyn Rachel
Kim, Ellie's sister
Tom Segura
Russ, Kim's husband
Michael O'Keefe
Jerry, Ellie's father
Brittney Rentschler
Linda, Ellie's sister
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 and Dana, a religious couple that are members of the support group
Hampton Fluker
Kit and Michael, a couple
Andrea Anders
David and Jessie, a couple
Joan Cusack
Mrs. Howard, the Wagners' lonely neighbor
Valente Rodriguez
Judge Martin T. Rivas, the Adoption Court Judge
Joselin Reyes
Carla Viara, Lizzy, Juan and Lita's drug-using biological mother
Carson Holmes
Charlie, one of Lizzy's classmates
Nicholas Logan
Jacob, the school janitor
Eve Harlow
Brenda Fernandez, a young girl with various addictions
Rosemary Dominguez
Mrs. Fernandez, Brenda's adoptive mother
Javier Ronceros
Mr. Fernandez, Brenda's adoptive father
Charlie McDermott
Stewart, Pete's co-worker
Erika Bierman
Kylie, one of Lizzy's friends
Layla Felder
Savannah, one of Lizzy's friends


The film Instant Family was scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures, Constantin-Film, NOS Audiovisuais, Odeon, Sony Pictures Releasing, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution on November 16, 2018 (United States), on January 31, 2019 (Germany) and on February 14, 2019 (United Kingdom).

The duration of the film is 118 minutes. With a budget of $48 million, the film grossed over $120.6 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

Official website:

Wikipedia: Instant Family

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