Director: Sean Anders
Writers: Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Hayden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bobby Cannavale, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Jamie Denbo, Mark L. Young, Kobe Bryant, Olivia Renee Dupepe, Billy Slaughter, LaMonica Garrett, Alessandra Ambrosio, John Cena
Synopsis: Stepdad, Brad Whitaker, is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when the biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.
MPAA Rating: PG- 13
7 / 10
- Great story. I love how they took a situation where normally one or both sides are often vilified in most other films, yet "Daddy's Home" is smart enough to have both sides come off as equally sympathetic. Very well played.
- Excellent comedic timing. Jokes were hilarious, as it was nothing but non stop laughs throughout this film.
- Both Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell kill it in their respective roles, and they play off each other quite nicely.
- Sex jokes are funny, yet still subtle enough to where it should go over most kids' heads if you chose to take them with you to see this.
- Direction was great.
- Thomas Hayden Church and Hannibal Buress were great in their perspective supporting roles.
- Very predictable cliched story that you can pretty much tell what's going to happen after the first thirty minutes. However, it's a fun ride though, as I'm sure most audiences will love it anyway.
Step Dad vs. Dad
If you're one of these people that's tired of seeing step parents portrayed in a bad light, then you might want to give this film a try. "Daddy's Home" is a new comedy that centers around a well to do radio show host named Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell), who's been happily married to Sara (Linda Cardellini) for the past eight months. Although it's been his lifelong dream to become a father, he's never been able to father any of his own, due to an accident at the dentist's office several years back. So when he marries Sara, he does everything he can to get his new step children to love him, and maybe even convince them to call him dad someday.
And even though his step kids are reluctant to him at first, they slowly start to warm up to him over time. His step daughter goes from doing drawings of him either being dead, and/or murdered by her in some way, to eventually even inviting him to her father daughter dance at school. Heck, he even gets asked for help from his step son, who never asked for his help before. After eight long months of being rejected by his step kids, Brad finally feels like he's being accepted into the family.
But all that progress he makes goes to hell when the biological father, Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg), comes to visit. As you'd expect, Dusty isn't particularly fond of Brad at all. Sure, he thinks he's a nice guy, but he's still the same bastard that he feels stole his family from him. Therefore, he does everything and anything to not only get inside Brad's head, but he also tries to prove that he's better than him in every fathomable way.
Unlike Brad who's a bit of a nerdish, overly emotional and caring type, Dusty is quintessentially a bad a**. He doesn't ride some family van like Brad does. Nah, he drives a Harley Davidson. Ripped with muscles, and his kids adore him like a hero. Unlike Brad who can't produce sperm anymore, Dusty can, which might be bad for Sara considering she would love to have another child someday. Not only that, but it's also revealed later on that he has a bigger package than Brad does to the point that it's almost laughable if you know what I mean.
Hell, even Brad's boss ends up rooting for Dusty at one point in the film because of how cool he allegedly is. Indeed, Dusty appears to be Brad's superior in almost every fathomable way. And to make matters worse, Dusty even tries to brainwash his own kids into believing Brad is a bad person, by telling them a bed time story about the evil step king trying to move in on the king's throne and family.
As one would expect, the two get into a heated competition to vie for the kids' affections, while proving to Sara who the better man is between them. Neither of them are bad per say, as both Dusty and Brad love the kids and Sara very much, and they both have mutual respect for one another. Hell, Dusty even admits that Brad is a great guy, but that's not going to stop him from trying to take back his family. As for Brad, he's not going to stand to allow him to get away with taking them away from him either.
And from here, you can pretty much predict how this entire movie will play out. However, the comedic chemistry between Wahlberg and Ferrell is what really carry the movie. Add in a dash of Thomas Hayden Church's dry sarcastic wit, with some smart a** comments by Hannibal Buress, and you pretty much have arguably one of the funniest comedies that I've ever seen.
The comedic timing for this film was excellent. Hardly anyone misses a beat, and it's refreshing to find a movie that doesn't feel the need to make anyone out to be a bad guy. After all, both Brad and Dusty both want what's best for Sara and the kids, but neither is willing to share; hence they're just two guys thrust into opposing sides. Who wins? I can't say without spoiling anything, but audiences will have a ton of fun finding out.
Although there are quite a few sex jokes throughout this film, most of it is subtle enough to where it'll probably go over most kids heads; hence if you're thinking about seeing this movie with your kids, then they should be fine watching it, as I doubt most of them will pick up on all the references.
Overall though, I wouldn't say "Daddy's Home" is the best comedy that I've seen in 2015, but it's the most entertaining by far. Definitely worth checking out in theaters.
© 2016 Steven Escareno
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