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Instant Family (12A)

Drama, Comedy

US comedy in which a couple of first-time foster parents take in three siblings.

The critical consensus

It’s no Parenthood. It’s tonally messy. But Instant Family’s made with excellent intentions and chunks of it work.

***(*)(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 05/02/2019

For all its formula, Instant Family is a winning confection, unafraid to go to unexpected dramatic places and elevated by Byrne’s gift as a comedy foil and Moner’s lively but subtle turn.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 12/02/2019

Instant Family is a snapshot of messy parenthood that works best as a cheerful public service advert for foster care. It comes complete with a manipulative but deserved finale that gives the tear-ducts a thorough workout.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 11/02/2019

Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg spark as a couple who take on three children in this schmaltzy but big-hearted comedy.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 15/02/2019

A couple adopt a trio of siblings in a film that swings from melodrama to comedy.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 17/02/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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