Movies: Instant Family, The Possession of Hannah Grace

Instant Family

This film sheds light on the complex topic of foster parenting and adoption.  It’s less than perfect but it also shares some insight into a system that both works and fails at the same time.

The cast includes Mark Wahlberg as the adopting dad, Rose Byrne as the adopting mom.  Isabela Moner as Lizzy the oldest adopted.  Gustavo Quiroz as the younger brother.  Julianna Gamiz as the little sister.  Rounding out the key characters are Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro playing adoption/foster children advocates.

It is sometimes funny, other times a bit shocking, often chaotic, occasionally annoying but ultimately worth a watch.

It is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language, and some drug references.  It is listed as Comedy/Drama with a run time of 117 minutes.


The Possession of Hannah Grace

This movie takes us back to our college days when we both worked for hospitals and saw plenty of gruesome stuff.  This film, however, takes those memories to a different level.

First, it is set almost entirely in a dark, seemingly empty Boston hospital when a cadaver is delivered to the hospital’s morgue.  Strange and weird things slowly begin to occur overnight…

The cast is quite small, a couple of nurses, a couple of cops, one doctor, a zombie or two, the cast is about 14 in all.  That said, as scary movies go, this was pretty effective.  Creepy, unique, occasionally terrifying, you get the idea.

The truth is…this was the only new film playing anywhere in the greater Milwaukee area we had not already seen.

It is rated R for gruesome images and terror throughout.  It is listed as a Horror, Mystery & Suspense with a run time of 1 hour, 25 minutes.  It is NOT appropriate for children.  It would not surprise us if it becomes a cult classic sometime in the future.


Tuesday we return home to San Francisco.

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