Hey everyone! I wasn’t able to do a review last week, but here’s one this week! And it’s on the movie Instant Family. For those who don’t know what this movie is, here’s a quick overview from IMBD
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..
At first, I wasn’t too sure about this movie but I’m glad I went to see this movie with my best friends to celebrate one of their birthdays.
So let’s get to this review shall we?
There were many good points in this movie, but I’m going to cover one main point. And that is, how ridiculously heartwarming this film was. I mean, if you can get me to cry several times during a movie, you are doing something right in the feeling department.
From when they very first got the kids into their home, to when they started getting to know them and become close, and even when they had the court hearing at the end. This movie is full of touching moments. It’s also filled with sad ones too. Of course it would be seeing that with Foster kids this is a very real situation nowadays.
So every moment in the movie, you can easily tell that the producers and writers made an effort to make the audience think how these kinds of situations could be for actual kids in the Foster system. Its heartbreaking. I’m just glad to know that there are miracles made like in Instant Family where kids get their forever family.
There weren’t really any bad moments in this movie. Perhaps a few characters that pissed me off royally. But, this is just because they were either mean to the kids, messing with the chance of the kids getting a good home, or the situation was so relatable that you just get steamed up at the thought of something like that happening in reality.
Yea….can’t really think of any Meh. Usually in these types of movies I would criticize the exposition and storytelling. But, even that was really well done. I’m actually quite surprised this movie isn’t nominated for an Oscar.
Well, that’s all for this review! Do you guys agree with me? Or did you see something I didn’t? Let’s talk about it in the comments!