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It’s probably not the kind of movie you’d expect to be so big-hearted, but in the midst of the chaos and the laughs, it really tugs at your emotions.

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star as Pete and Ellie Wagner, a happily married couple who work together in a custom restoration business. When they begin having conversations about starting a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption a bit unexpectedly. At first, the plan was to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl (played by Isabela Moner), they decide to take on parenthood practically overnight. After eight-week training program for prospective foster parents, Pete and Ellie hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood thinking that they can just go in and fix these kids’ problems overnight like they do with their business but as you can predict, parenthood doesn’t come that easy.

Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears providing a different approach to how Hollywood has traditionally taken on the topic of foster care.

The movie is inspired by the real events from the life of writer, director and producer, Sean Anders. One of the reasons the movie is able to make you laugh and cry is because Anders was comfortable highlighting the lighthearted aspects because the story he was telling was so personal.

When Anders and his wife made the life-altering decision to adopt three biological siblings from foster care “a lot of the things that happened were funny and as lot of it was frustrating. To go into a situation where you bring people into your home who all of a sudden become your children and you don’t even know them and they don’t know you, it is just like a comedy of manners right out of the gate.” The film also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty and Michael O’Keefe.

While the film doesn’t give the upfront acknowledgement that it is based on Anders’ experience, it’s clear that the film comes from the heart. It’s definitely worth seeing. “Instant Family” is in theaters now!

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