Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg build a family from an IKEA flatpack in the heartwarming story Instant Family.
Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie (Byrne) renovate and refit houses for a living, but have the feeling that something is missing in their lives. One night Ellie is looking at all the children listed online in foster care, and the couple decide to become foster parents.
When Pete sees the teenagers sitting all by themselves at the adoption fair, because ‘nobody wants a teenager’, the pair get more than they bargained for after choosing Lizzie (Isabela Moner), who comes with a gift-with-purchase of her two younger siblings, Lita (Julianna Gamiz) and Juan (Gustavo Quiroz). Can the couple’s fixer-upper attitude apply to a group of children who have spent most of their lives on the outside of society?
Instant Family gets off to a slow start, but once it finds its groove, it’s a touching story of what it means to be a family. The children, especially, are magnificent, and we can definitely see Moner falling into step as the next Vanessa Hudgens somewhere in the not too distant future.
A surprisingly chemistry-laden match between Byrne and Wahlberg helps his already existing kinship with former Transformers co-star Moner, and ensures that Instant Family will be an instant hit with families over the holidays.
In cinemas: January 10, 2019
Starring: Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner
Directed by: Sean Anders