“Instant Family” (Paramount)
By Catholic News Service
After taking in three siblings (Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz and Julianna Gamiz) from foster care, a good-hearted couple (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) faces a series of challenges that disrupt their previously placid lifestyle and leave them wondering if they can cope with the commitment they’ve made.
Drawing on his own real-life experience, director and co-writer Sean Anders deftly weaves amusing incidents with touching emotional interludes. While the result is a fundamentally pro-family film, the script, penned with John Morris, includes material appropriate for grown-ups only.
Much sexual and some scatological humor, implicit acceptance of homosexual relationships and contraception, a handful of profanities, a couple of milder oaths, at least one rough term, frequent crude and crass language, an obscene gesture. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.