Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Instant Family

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You might mistake the trailer for Instant Family as the third installment of Daddy’s Home or some other shallow comedy that offers a few laughs with very little substance. If you did, you would be wrong. Instant Family is a lighthearted comedy, but it is one with some depth. One of the things that makes this film different from others that are similar is that it is loosely based on the life of Sean Anders who directs the film. Instant Family is a passion project that focuses on adoption and family.

Instant Family is the story of Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) who decide to start a family through foster care adoption. They take in three children, including a fifteen-year-old girl. They quickly realize that parenting is difficult, but their eyes are also opened to the joy of caring for children. They are assisted along the way by Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro) who work for the foster care agency. There are many opportunities for laughs as Pete and Ellie learn the ins and outs of parenthood.

What makes Instant Family unique is that it is a movie with heart. It is evident throughout the film that this was a project that meant a lot to Sean Anders. Mark Wahlberg, who is open about his faith, also gives it his all and turns in a nice performance. Instant Family does not rise to the level of art, but it is an entertaining piece of work with a message. We need more films like Instant Family. There are many important art films made each year that challenge us, but the viewing public has little interest in these films. There are also a plethora of meaningless movies that do nothing more than rob us of the time we spend watching them. These movies are often popular, but they have little or no value. They do not benefit us culturally or intellectually. Instant Family is a popular-level film that will make you laugh, engage you emotionally, and make you aware of a vital issue in the world.

Some nights people are not in the mood for a serious film about some weighty subject. I get that. Instant Family is a wonderful option if you are looking for something a little lighter but still has something to say.

Hopefully, the message of this movie will resonate with audiences. There are many children in our country who are in need of a family. Fostering a child or children is not something to be taken lightly. It is a demanding sacrifice, but as Instant Family reminds us, it is one that is worth it.

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