"Instant Family" is a 2018 American family comedy-drama film directed by Sean Anders.
The starring cast includes Mark Wahlberg as Pete, Rose Byrne as Ellie, Isabela Merced as Lizzy, Margo Martindale as Grandma Sandy, Julie Hagerty as Jan, Octavia Spencer as Karen, Gustavo Escobar as Juan, Julianna Gamiz as Lita, Tig Notaro as Sharon, Michael O'Keefe as Jerry and others.

Here are "Instant Family" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Instant Family movie?

Paramount Pictures on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 released the trailer for "Instant Family" you can watch here:
Instant Family (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures.

Plot summary

What is Instant Family movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Instant Family" movie plot summary.

Husband and wife Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne), derided by relatives who think they will never have children, consider adoption. They enroll in foster care, led by social workers Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro). At a fair to meet foster children, Ellie voices her reluctance to foster/adopt a teen, when they are confronted by 15-year-old Lizzie, who impresses Pete and Ellie.
Karen and Sharon reveal that Lizzie has two siblings, 10-year-old Juan (Gustavo Escobar) and 6-year-old Lita (Julianna Gamiz), and their mother is a drug addict, currently in prison; if they want Lizzie, they have to take Juan and Lita with them. The Wagners' meeting with Lizzie and her siblings does not result in an immediate "cosmic connection," leading them to reconsider. At Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie's family, Pete and Ellie explain they have decided not to adopt. The family admits that no one actually believed they should've adopted to begin with or that they'd actually go through with it, which spurs Pete and Ellie to officially adopt the siblings.
Lizzie, Juan, and Lita move in with the Wagners, whose lives become hectic - Lita refuses to eat anything but potato chips, Juan is extremely emotional and fragile, and Lizzie resents Ellie's attempts to parent them. The Wagners turn to the support group of their fellow foster parents. Pete's mother Sandy wins the siblings over by taking the family to Six Flags, but Lizzie disappears with friends and returns late, prompting Pete to ground her.
One day, as Pete and Ellie confront Lizzie trying to leave with friends, Juan accidentally shoots a nail into his foot. Seeing Pete and Ellie rush Juan to the hospital and comfort Lita, Lizzie begins to warm up to them, and Pete invites her to vent her frustrations by demolishing the kitchen of the house he is renovating. Lita calls Pete "Daddy" after he fixes her doll during Lizzie's soccer practice. At night, Ellie walks into Juan and Lita's room, hearing Juan having a nightmare. After Ellie comforts him, Juan says, "Good night, Mommy." Ellie is overjoyed by this.


Who plays who in the Instant Family movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Instant Family" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Mark Wahlberg  as Pete
Rose Byrne  as Ellie
Isabela Merced  as Lizzy 15-years old and the oldest sibling
Margo Martindale  as Grandma Sandy Pete's overbearing and goodhearted mother
Julie Hagerty  as Jan Ellie's soft spoken and naive mother
Octavia Spencer  as Karen the other social worker
Gustavo Escobar  as Juan 10-years old and the middle sibling
Julianna Gamiz  as Lita 6-years old and the youngest sibling
Tig Notaro  as Sharon one of the social workers
Michael O'Keefe  as Jerry Ellie's father
Tom Segura  as Russ Kim's husband
Allyn Rachel  as Kim Ellie's sister
Iliza Shlesinger  as October
Charlie McDermott  as Stewart Pete's co-worker
Valente Rodriguez  as Judge Rivas the Adoption Court Judge
Carson Holmes  as Charlie
Joselin Reyes  as Carla
Andrea Anders  as Jessie
Eve Harlow  as Brenda
Nicholas Logan  as Jacob
Gary Weeks  as Dirk (as Edson Gary Weeks)
Joan Cusack  as Mrs. Howard
Britt Rentschler  as Linda (as Brittney Rentschler)
Jody Thompson  as Jim
Joy Jacobson  as Dana
Kenneth Israel  as David
Hampton Fluker  as Kit
Randy Havens  as Michael
Javier Ronceros  as Mr. Fernandez
Rosemary Dominguez  as Mrs. Fernandez
Connor Jones  as Young Pete
Jaiden Byrd  as Young Brian
James Arthur Sims  as Brian's Dad
Sarah Kirkpatrick  as Kimberly
John McConnell  as Mr. Muskie
Maureen Brennan  as Mrs. Muskie
Kelly Tippens  as Miss Peppers
Erika Bierman  as Kylie
Layla Felder  as Savannah
Candice Daniels  as Nurse
Allen Zwolle  as Principal
Anthony 'Ace' Thomas  as Cop (as Anthony Thomas)
Andrene Ward-Hammond  as Sue
Stella Doyle  as Ms. Franks
Denitra Isler  as Bailiff
Alexis Lord  as Soccer Girl
Perry Westberry  as Doctor
Remy Ortiz  as Random Dad
Mark Schotz  as Cop #2
Jerry T. Richerson  as Student
Caleb Pratt  as Student (as Caleb C. Pratt)
William J. Simmons  as Lita's Classmate (as William Simmons)
Cruze Lynnox Keith  as Lita's Classmate
Maegan McCarthy  as Kindergarten Teacher
Billie Wilemon  as Emergency Room Nurse
Noah Jordan Scott  as Fun Fair Kid
Knightly Knox Scott  as Fun Fair Kid
Jonathan Kobs  as Roberto C. Fishman Pratt
Lori Hernandez  as Mrs. Fishman Pratt

Release date

When is Instant Family movie release date?

"Instant Family" movie release date was scheduled to be on November 16, 2018 distributing by Paramount Pictures International, United International Pictures (UIP), Constantin-Film, NOS Audiovisuais, Odeon, Sony Pictures Releasing, Universal Pictures International (UPI), 9Go!, Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.


What are Instant Family filming details?

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

"Instant Family" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Instant Family movie?

"Instant Family" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 81/100. The audience also loves the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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