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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 118 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Elli (Rose Byrne) enjoy their quiet, unexcited lives. Children don't need them to be happy. Or is it? When Elli thinks out loud about adoption one day, the decision is quickly made: The two of them want to become parents of a foster child. But suddenly they have not one, but three children on their cheek - and one of them is already a teenager. So far the siblings Lizzy (Isabela Moner), Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) had little luck with foster parents. And since they assume that Pete and Elli won't be any different and Lizzy is already sure that they will soon be allowed back to their biological mother again, their efforts to be real model children are limited. Pete and Elli quickly reached the brink of a nervous breakdown - but they don't want to be beaten that easily…
There are countless family films from Hollywood that always follow the same pattern. The cute kids cause a lot of chaos, the parents are incompetent and overtaxed and the whole thing ends in a "Even-if-you-have-decayed-everything-you-have-decayed-we-love-you-because-the-family-is-the-most-important-of-life"-kitsch-orgy. The suspicion is therefore obvious that "Suddenly Family" is just such a work. But even if it may appear at times, this family comedy is pleasantly different.
Yes, there are also some very exaggerated scenes here that show the chaos that children bring into a family. Luckily, director Sean Anders largely renounces the extreme Hau-Drauf humor, which many other works of art try to achieve with such a family theme. Instead, he repeatedly inserts wonderfully sharp-tongued dialogues, which are sometimes even really cryptic and politically not quite correct. Thus, the movie always generates really good laughs, which make even the flatter moments bearable.
In addition, the comedy can benefit from the fact that the characters, with all their shortcomings, are really sympathetically drawn. This begins with Pete and Elli, continues with the three children and does not stop with the numerous secondary characters. As a spectator, you are not quickly annoyed by these characters, but rather enjoy spending time with them. And when it gets a bit maudlin, the audience gets real emotions too. Certainly, this story, inspired by the director's true experiences, is not a great cinema. The implementation is simply too conventional for that. But for what the movie wants to be, "Suddenly Family" is really well done. Entertaining and funny entertainment that also goes to the heart. Exactly the right thing for a relaxed visit to the cinema and therefore also: Absolutely worth seeing!
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