So I see the trailer for this movie and I thought this would be a cute movie to see. I figured it would be funny and then heartwarming at the end. You know what I didn’t expect (thank you very much misleading trailers)? A good movie. A good movie about foster parents, kids and the things they go through. This dramedy gets a solid 4.5 Icees. I now see why on rottentomatoes.com it has a critic rating of 82% and an audience rating of 83%. This movie is just… good. 4.5 Icees good!
If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy movie, this isn’t the movie for you. If you are looking for a true-to-life (this is based on a true story, and directed by one of the foster parents) story about foster parents and adoption, this may just be it. Now I’ve never been in either of those circumstances but everything I’m reading from people that have say that this movie pretty much nails it. Some of the “real” discussions the parents have will tear at your heartstrings (have the tissues handy for this one).
Mark Wahlberg is someone that I normally like in dramatic roles (Patriot’s Day, Deepwater Horizon, etc), action movies (Mile 22), but not comedies. Now that may be because the only comedies I’m aware of were the Daddy’s Home movies and they just looked “stupid funny”. I guess that’s the category I put any Will Ferrell movie in… stupid funny. Obviously there is an audience for those type of movies because they do well. I’m just not in that group. For example, the upcoming Holmes & Watson movie with Will and John C. Reilly is a movie you couldn’t pay me to watch. At all… Anyway, back to Mark. In this movie he drop comedic lines very well, but in the context of serious moments. He really comes across as an everyman.
So Mark is the star, but Rose Byrne holds up her side quite well, thank you very much. A surprise performance comes from Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight, where she probably met Mark). She gives a truly believable performance as the oldest of the 3 children.
During the credits, pictures are shown of the family the movie is about and other foster parents with their kids. Also, Isabela Moner sings one of the songs while the credits are rolling.
This is a good one, people.