Daddy's Home

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Daddy's Home

Sean Anders (2015)

95min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
They got on like a house on fire in The Other Guys, but Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg only kindle a few lukewarm laughs in this comedy from co-writer/director Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2). Ferrell is Brad, the gawky suburban stepdad who does little except look on in envy when the children's biological father, Wahlberg, rolls back into town on his motorcycle. This should be the cue for the gloves coming off in the contest to win the children over, except that Brad is a walkover, lapping up humiliating moments while Wahlberg lords it over him with a see-through Mr Nice Guy act. Ferrell's funniest characters have a little bit of guile and a lot of pomp to balance out the idiocy (Ron Burgundy being the prime example) but there's no fun in laughing at a character this pathetic, plus Brad's lack of drive means the film drags. Wahlberg is pure smarm in contrast, but he's never more irritating than in the saccharine finale. In all Daddy's Home is a hollow construction.

Summary

A mild-mannered man hopes for his wife's two children to view him as their father. His dreams of perfect family life are threatened by the return of their biological father, a charismatic, motorcycle-riding tough guy, and he pulls out all the stops to prove to his stepchildren that he can be just as cool. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Cast & Crew

Brad Will Ferrell
Dusty Mark Wahlberg
Sara Linda Cardellini
Leo Thomas Haden Church
Griff Hannibal Buress
Karen Alessandra Ambrosio
The Whip Paul Scheer
Doris Jamie Denbo
Director Sean Anders
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Dec 2015
Comedy