The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Movies are one of my favorite hobbies. I love to read, and started this blog as a way to celebrate all things bookish. but I wanted a space to talk about my favorite movies too. So every Monday, I will be talking about a movie I watched that week, or an old favorite, or even just a list of movies I recommend. I hope you enjoy!

I saw Instant Family a couple weeks ago, and completely fell in love! I laughed, I cried, and I cheered my way through this wonderful movie based on a true story.

Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) are a couple who flip houses for a living. The house they are working on at the beginning of the movie is intended as a gift for Ellie’s sister, who turns it down. That part definitely pissed me off, because they seemed really judgmental about it.

When Ellie’s sister announces they are having trouble conceiving, they start discussing adoption. That gives Ellie the idea to look into it as well. When she sees all the children online who need homes, she tells Pete that instead of trying to have kids, they should adopt. At first Pete is ambivalent, but when he looks at the site with all the kids needing a home, he agrees.

I know this sounds like a kind of magoo movie, but trust me. This movie is SO good! When Pete and Ellie find the kid they want to adopt, they find out she comes with two siblings. The kids are so different from each other, and absolutely turn Pete and Ellie’s life upside down.

This movie is so funny, and the casting was absolutely perfect! Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg have such good chemistry together, and the actors that play the kids have such a good dynamic together as well.

The only thing I didn’t really like about the movie was one of the adoption agency employees really irritated me. I hope the lady her character was based on wasn’t actually like that, because I didn’t like her at all. She was irritating, not funny (even though she tried so hard to be), and never smiled.

I absolutely cannot stress enough just how good this movie was! It was funny, it was heart wrenching, and I teared up at least 3 times. I’m trying really hard not to give anything away, because I don’t want to spoil anything until after you see the movie.

Please let me know below if you’ve seen this movie! I’d love to discuss it! You can also send me a DM on Instagram if you want to discuss the “spoilers!” I’m on Instagram @thepickybookworm. I’d love to connect!

Until next time, bookworms!

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