Mark Whalberg is one of those actors who is versatile enough to be believable as a character in a romantic comedy as well as a star in an action film.

The star in the fun-loving “Daddy’s Home” franchise is all successful in the “Transformer” franchise as well as other action flicks such as “All the Money and the World” and “Mile 22.”

His most recent film, “Instant Family,” is available for rent this week.

When Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne, “Spy” and “Neighbors”) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption.

They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner, “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight.

The film is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

This movie synopsis is from rottentomatoes.com.

The website also lists the film as having a “certified fresh” rating from critics, with their consensus stating, “(It) may not quite capture the complexity of real-life adoption, but fittingly for the unconditional bond it honors, this flawed yet well-intentioned dramedy is ultimately worth the investment.”

The movie is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug referencees

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The film is rated PG-13 for action violence, language and sexuality.

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The film is Rated R for sexuality/nudity and strong language.

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The film is rated R for drug use/content and language.

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