Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress, Jamie Denbo, Scarlett Estevez
Written By: Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris
Directed By: Sean Anders
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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Daddy’s Home is decent enough if you like Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, but don’t expect anything new, original or hilariously funny. Then again, maybe you might enjoy this?
The movie is about Brad (Will Ferrell), a radio executive at a Smooth Jazz radio station, who just wants to be a good stepdad two his wife’s 2 stepkids. One day, the kids’ real Dad pops back into the picture. Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) is cooler, handsome, tougher and on the surface, appears to be a better Father. Brad is immediately intimidated and the two go toe to toe in who’s the better Father and Husband.
I wasn’t expecting much from Daddy’s Home so expectations weren’t high like for Anchorman 2. It had some funny moments but this felt like a generic family comedy to me. There were glimmers of Will Ferrell’s brilliance but a lot of the jokes and scenarios fell flat. There were a couple of scenes that had blatant CGI and that immediately took me out of the movie. Will’s character accidentally almost runs his stepkids over, drives into the house, up the stairs and on the wall, he lands in the wall and the bike lands back outside. That’s some magically motorcycle and this movie doesn’t take place at Hogwarts.
The best part of the movie is one you’ve probably already seen, since everybody’s cell footage of it went viral during the filming. When Brad is out with his family and Dusty, he gets blitzed and is picked to throw a ball at half-time. He goes and pegs a cheerleader in the head. It’s a funny scene but unfortunately it was spoiled by everybody’s cell phone footage. The chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg is another positive. I didn’t really like The Other Guys either but you can’t deny those two get along and have fun making movies together. I just wish the material was better for them. Not sure what this did at the box office but the ending implies there could be a sequel with John Cena. That guy is popping up in so many comedies lately. Either way it’s a nice send back to the beginning of the movie when Dusty treated Brad the same way.
The Blu-Ray extras contain deleted and extended scenes, making of, blooper, stunt featurettes and other things. The movie overall could have been funnier and better. It’s somewhat generic but others might like this more than I did. I don’t know, I was expecting more from Will Ferrell since I’m a big fan of his comedies and brand of humor.
Deleted and Extended Scenes
The Making of “Daddy’s Home”
Daddy Daughter Dance
English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English DTS 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Bottom Line: Had potential to be good but was only just okay
Running Time: 95 mins