Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star as a middle-aged couple who decide to look into fostering, and quickly find three kids and all the chaos and mess that comes with them disrupting their immaculate home and orderly lives in writer/director Sean Anders’ (Daddy’s Home) adoption comedy. Ellie (Byrne) and Pete (Wahlberg) are renovating a large five-bedroom house when a neighbour asks what they’re going to do with all the space, given that they’re clearly not going to have kids. Uh-oh. Ellie makes a look. It’s not a look, says Ellie. That’s definitely a look, says Pete. ‘Enjoy your fight’, says the neighbour, leaving his innocent, or not so innocent, comment to set off a chain of events that completely transforms Ellie and Pete’s life. Before they know it, they are at a foster agency. Then they’re at the Foster Fair where all the kids without parents roam a field hoping to find a home. Then Ellie and Pete meet Lizzie (Isabela Moner), a teenager! They like her. They ask about her. Lizzie, it turns out, comes with two siblings, Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz). So now they have three kids. Luckily, they have that five-bedroom house! Having the room to put up three kids is one thing, but have they got the chops to be parents from a standing leap, as it were? The film is based on Anders’ personal experience of adopting three children out of the foster care system with his wife, Beth.
Instant Family – Saturday 9pm on Channel 4