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Daddy's Home

  • Comedy
  • 2015
  • Sean Anders
  • 95 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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 his 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.

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Credits

Cast

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BradWill Ferrell
DustyMark Wahlberg
SaraLinda Cardellini
LeoThomas Haden Church
GriffHannibal Buress
KarenAlessandra Ambrosio
The WhipPaul Scheer
DorisJamie Denbo

Crew

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DirectorSean Anders

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2015-12-25
Language
English
Guidance
Some swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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