Few movies have ever brought me to the brink of tears. Instant family did multiple times throughout. I’m not saying that makes it a great movie or anything, but it’s great at something.
Instant Family is based on a true story and follows Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) as they foster and attempt to adopt three kids, one of them being a teenager. Though this movie has its faults just like any movie, sometimes going slightly over the top with its few gags, for the most part I would say it sets out to do exactly what it wants to. Which is to tell a real and heartfelt story while feeding you a few slight laughs occasionally to pick up your spirits when it is necessary. I have seem some critics say that these laughs ruin the moment, but I say they add to them by making things feel more real when the tension of an emotional moment is broke afterwords and people start giggling. But that isn’t the only reason this movie is likable.
It is also original. Their are probably other movies like this one out there, sure, but I haven’t seen them and they are definitely not “in the norm”. The difficulty with making something like this good is you need solid young actors, which are very hard to come by. The three they snagged up for this one nail it though, especially Isabela Moner as the teenage older sister of the three foster kids. She and Mark Wahlberg play off of each other so nicely that they alone almost brought on the tears I was talking about.
I would honestly watch this again, it’s simple, sweet, and funny. My kinda movie.
I had taken a break from stand-up comedy for a while because I hadn’t been finding any of them to be all that funny, not even from some of my favorite comedians. Well, my wife started watching this so I figured, why not? I was pleasantly surprised on her take on things and was laughing my ass off the entire time! Iliza starts off by giving her take on things as a millennial on the very edge of being a millennial. Which as someone who is proud to where the millennial stamp and can also laugh at it, REALLY enjoyed. The rest of her act was her observations on relationships and women in general, which sounds like it wouldn’t be that interesting for a guy but I would actually urge guys to watch this! It gives some hilarious insights to women, flirting, bars, sex, just a lot. Throughout the special as well there are hashtags of hilarious quotes in her routine, which is absolutely genius because my wife and I are going around saying shit like “Hashtag, Welcome To Fuck-Dome!” In the end it’s a must watch if you are needing a laugh and don’t want to be let down.
I’m a sucker for stupid comedy, and gawd dayum if this isn’t a stupid comedy! Strangely enough though it is actually good beyond being there for stupid laughs. Game Night follows Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams), avid gamers (not video) who throw a weekly game night with a few of their friends. When Max’s older and more successful brother Brooks (Chandler) joins them for game night for a kidnap mystery night everything thing gets all fuckarood when he ACTUALLY gets kidnapped and everyone thinks it is part of the game… I’m not going to lie to you and say this movie is more than it is when it isn’t. It’s a dumb comedy, but it is a very very good dumb comedy that kept me rolling the entire time. The movie rounds itself out with a great cast of supporting actors that all contribute to the movie. I was worried that there would be at least one story line that bored me and drug by until we moved past it, but that wasn’t a problem this movie had. My favorite character by far though was Gary played by Jesse Plemons. Gary is the creepy neighbor of Max and Annie that desperately wants to join their game night. Plemons plays the role perfectly and is easily the most hilarious factor in the whole movie. In the end I was happily surprised by the fact that this movie was quite a bit better than I thought it was going to be. It’s worth a rent.