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Instant Family's surprising success

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OPINION: They say you should always write what you know about, and from the heart.

But in Hollywood, that adage is hard to believe, given how cynical the product and marketing machine can be.

However, in Instant Family (in cinemas now), Hollywood has finally put a truth on screen that is often ignored, and buried by schmaltz and endless amounts of saccharine.

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne's dramedy about a family who decide to adopt a trio of kids is perhaps the most truthful movie to explore and explode some of the myths of the agony and ecstasy of dealing with taking on kids from foster care. And for that reason alone, it deserves to be shouted about from the highest of rooftops.

* Rose Byrne on movies, motherhood and her Instant Family with Mark Wahlberg
* Heartwarming photos show the joy of adoption after foster care
* Why do we expect relationships to be easy?
* Chronicle of displaced family

It's a surprise too, given that director Sean Anders who wrote this, was behind the worst film of the past decade, Daddy's Home 2.

But Anders has form in this discussion - he, along with his wife, went through the adoption process, and all its ups and downs.

As a result, Instant Family delivers humanity, empathy and pertinent........

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