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Instant Family (2018) Movie Online 1080p

Year : 2018 Director : Sean Anders Running Time : 118 min Genre : ,
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Married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner, feeling a void in the marriage, visit a foster care center. Two social workers, Karen and Sharon, guide the hopeful parents on the steps to getting into becoming adoptive parents. The couples are brought to a fair where they have the chance to go up to kids that they are interested in adopting. Pete and Ellie walk by the teenagers, although Ellie shows hesitance over raising a teen, but one of the teens, Lizzie, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens.

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Pete and Ellie talk to Karen and Sharon over potentially taking in Lizzie. The social workers inform the couple that Lizzie’s mother is a drug addict who is currently in jail, and she set their home on fire because she left the crack pipe lit. It also turns out that Lizzie has two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. Although this seems like more of a challenge for Pete and Ellie, they agree to meet the siblings.

Pete and Ellie have Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie’s family, where they all make comments about never having confidence in the Wagners adopting kids. Ellie has enough and decides that they will go through with the foster care to prove that they can be good parents.

Lizzie, Juan, and Lita begin to live with the Wagners. Although it is initially pleasant, it doesn’t take long for things to get hectic. Lita refuses to eat anything but potato chips, and Juan reacts sensitively to every instance of trouble. Lizzie is also frequently bratty toward the Wagners, but especially Ellie. The two parents frequently attend support groups with the other couples for insight on what to do with the kids.

Pete’s mother Sandy comes to visit to meet the kids, and instantly wins them over by treating the whole family to Six Flags. While there, Lizzie runs off with two friends from school. She doesn’t reappear until later, and Ellie grounds her for not informing her or Pete as to her whereabouts.

Although Lizzie remains bratty, Juan and Lita start to warm up to the Wagners. Lita calls Pete “daddy” when he fixes her doll, and Ellie gets a “Good night, mommy” from Juan after she comforts him from a nightmare. Soon, Lizzie starts to go along with the others as they partake in family activities. Pete even invites her to a fixer-upper he is working on so they can wreck things for her to take out her frustrations.

Pete and Ellie later find out that the kids’ mother Carla has been out of prison for a few months and she wants to see the kids. They express their feelings about this during the group therapy, but the social workers tell them that their main goal is to keep families together.

Pete and Ellie seek out the Fernandez family, who had spoken with their adoptive daughter Brenda at the training, for help with Lizzie. They inform the Wagners that Brenda is back in rehab, but Mrs. Fernandez tells them what a process it is to really form a bond and trust with the kids.

The couple is horrified when they find Lizzie taking naked selfies to send to a guy at school named Jacob, and he sends her a naked photo of himself. When they take the kids to school the next day, they confront a boy named Charlie since they mistook him for Jacob. They then realize that Jacob is actually the school’s 22-year-old janitor, and chase him into the school and assault him. Jacob is arrested, but so are Pete and Ellie, leaving Juan and Lita alone in the car, while Lizzie is humiliated. When Pete and Ellie return home, they are told by Sandy that they need to reassure Lizzie that they love her, because she doesn’t feel that she is loved.

The Wagners and the kids gather for a court hearing to decide whether or not the kids will go back to Carla or stay with Pete and Ellie. The judge reads a statement written by Lizzie detailing the things that Pete and Ellie have done. Although Ellie tries to read a new statement, the judge won’t let her. Carla is then given rights to the kids.

Pete and Ellie sadly start to pack things up for the kids. Juan and Lita do not want to go, but Lizzie is ready. However Karen and Sharon arrive to the house to inform Lizzie that Carla is not coming to get them, as she started using drugs again. Heartbroken, Lizzie runs away while Pete and Ellie chase her. They catch up and tell her they love her, and eventually the trio reconcile.

Four months later, the family goes to a new hearing. The judge finalizes the adoption of Lizzie, Juan and Lita by Pete and Ellie.

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