Hellooo lovelies! Happy Saturday 🙂 I hope you all kicked major butt this week. Honestly this week wasn’t as productive as I wanted it to be and, to be honest, it’s kind of put me into a funk which has made reading a litttttle hard. And when I say hard, I mean, lately, I would much rather watch TV and movies so I don’t have to create a world inside my head and my brain can take a much needed break haha. With that being said, I’ve been watching a ton of movies lately, and the one that I’m going to review for ya’ll today really sort of hits home for me.
Instant Family follows Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) as they start their journey as foster parents. They meet a sassy teenager named Lizzy (Isabela Moner) and almost immediately want to foster her, however Lizzy comes with two younger siblings, Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) that they also decide to foster to keep the family together. Needless to say they “get in over their heads” (according to the IMDb summary haha).
This was such a feel good movie and I honestly loved it. My boyfriend decided to actually take me to the movies (he hates going to the movie theater) to see this because, as he put it “this is your life now.” Now, he wasn’t wrong. I became a social worker last October, so not only did I enjoy seeing this movie that put adoption and fostering in such a positive light, but I enjoyed seeing the things I was learning put into action. Honestly, though, I’ve never really seen a movie that showcases adults going through the process of fostering and adoption. One of the main reasons I think I enjoyed this movie so much (besides being a social worker myself) is that it showed the good aspects of being a foster parent, but also how hard it can be to go through the process and not know if you’ll get to adopt a kid or if they’ll be reunified with their parents. It was really refreshing and I felt that, yeah the movie was funny, but it kind of brought attention to the need for those families to open themselves to kids in need.
Admittedly, most of this movie was pretty funny. My favorite scenes were when Pete and Ellie were with their support group, listening to the woes of their fellow foster parents and, at the beginning they bragged about how easy their three kiddos were. The social workers who ran the support group just kind of laughed at first and then, when they started talking about how Lita refused to eat her veggies and threw the biggest tantrums, or how Juan was possibly the most clumsy kid they’ve ever met, you could tell these social workers were thinking “I told you it wouldn’t be easy.” Or when Pete and Ellie try to find the guy Lizzy’s been sexting and Pete goes off on the wrong kid…
With that being said, this movie had it’s darker, more serious moments. Lizzy is a teenager with attachment issues and she really has to work through them throughout the course of the movie. Not only that, but she has to learn to be a kid, in a way instead of being a surrogate parent for her siblings. It was heartwarming and lovely to see her progress and development as a person throughout the course of the movie (seriously, it made my big burly boyfriend tear up). If you’re looking for a “feel good” movie, I would definitely recommend this one! It’s quickly become one of my favorites!
Have you guys seen this? What did you think?