I previewed the film because it was portraying a couple who become an instant family by fostering three siblings. Also, the oldest sibling is 15, just like my son, and I know first hand this is not an easy age. I wanted to see how truthful the film would be in portraying the difficulties involved with fostering a teenager with two younger siblings. In between laughing and crying, I would say they did a very good job:
When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) choose to start a family, they stumble headfirst into the world of foster care adoption. After they learn their perfect foster child comes with two other siblings, Pete and Ellie find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight and must hilariously learn the ropes of instant parenthood if they hope to become a real family. Inspired by a true story, INSTANT FAMILY also stars Isabela Moner, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, and Octavia Spencer.
“Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne make a wonderful comedy tag-team” (Mara Reinstein, US Weekly) in the “hilarious and heartwarming” (Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times) INSTANT FAMILY, arriving on Digital February 19, 2019 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 5 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
“The perfect movie to watch with your family” (Erik Davis, Fandango), INSTANT FAMILY on Digital* and Blu-ray Combo Pack comes loaded with more than an hour of laugh-out-loud and uplifting bonus material. Go behind the scenes and see how the cast and crew brought the story to life, and meet writer/director Sean Anders’ real-life family, who served as the inspiration for the film, and I spoke with Sean about his real life experience which is portrayed fairly honestly in the movie. He said there were a lot of Christians, and a lot of folks from the LGBTQ community that were interested in the foster care route. He remarked how well they all seemed to bond during the process, something we never read about it, as the media tends to portray these groups as in opposition to one another. It was heartwarming to hear that folks try harder to put the children first in these situations. These people from very different walks of life were able to bond over this “intensely life changing experience.” It was great to meet Sean and share my thoughts as an adoptive dad myself, and ask him how he decided to have Mark Wahlberg play him in the movie (they had worked together several times before!):
Ellie and Pete meet with their social workers (Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro) and find out that Lizzy is a good student but has resisted foster care. Octavia and Tig are as opposite as two people can be, and so are the characters they play. And they do it so well that many of us felt they would be perfect for the next female buddy movie. They were terrific together in this movie!
Plus, watch hysterical deleted and extended scenes and an uproarious gag reel; enjoy commentary with Anders and writer John Morris; and so much more!
The INSTANT FAMILY Blu-ray Combo pack includes the DVD and access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:
- Feature film in high definition
- Bonus Content:
o Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Introduction by Sean Anders and John Morris
o Gag Reel
o Commentary by director/writer Sean Anders and writer John Morris
o Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It—Behind the scenes with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne
o Kid Power—Meet the talented young cast
o I Need Some Support—Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro guide a group of parents through the laughter and tears of foster care
o Order in the Court—Inside one of the film’s most heartfelt moments
o The Families Behind the Fair—Hear from real foster families
o Crew Inspiration—Crew members share their own foster care stories
o The Anders Family—The real-life inspiration for the film
o Isabela Moner “I’ll Stay” – Promotional Music Video
o On Set Proposal—A surprising wedding proposal from one crew member to another
To learn more about adoption and foster care, please visit InstantFamily.org
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And of course, more celeb pictures from daddy Mitch, Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg: