Movie Review: Daddy's Home 2

Movie Review: Daddy's Home 2


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 99 mins.

Premise: Stepdads Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) are getting along great and plan to spend the holidays with each other’s families, but when their own dads come to visit, the perfect harmony is disrupted.

Behind-the-Scenes: The first Daddy’s Home was a stealth hit in 2015, quietly making over $150M in the shadow of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. John Cena had a cameo at the end of the first film and plays a bigger role this time around. After being nominated for Best Director at last year’s Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson continues his slow Hollywood comeback by playing Wahlberg’s cranky, horndog father.

The Good: The cast is strong. Gibson and John Lithgow (as Ferrell’s dad) are inspired, albeit (in Gibson’s case) controversial, casting choices. Ferrell will never not be a likeable performer. There’s a semi-interesting thematic thread about Republicans vs. Democrats that you can read into it.

The Bad: It’s painfully unfunny, even by low holiday comedy standards. The comic chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg has dried up, and now plays to severely diminishing returns. The major setpieces, if you can call them those, play to groans, not laughs. Wastes Linda Cardellini’s talents in an underwritten wife role. The child actors all shamelessly mug, and wouldn’t even cut it on a Nickelodeon show. The ending is a trainwreck – it takes place in a crowded movie theater lobby and results in a forced group sing-along, and is so bad that it just tanks the movie. What was once a harmless 2-star flick is now an abomination.

Should You See It?: No. Just…no. Like a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.

Star Rating: * out of 5 stars.

Better Than: Baywatch

Worse Than: Daddy’s Home, A Bad Moms Christmas

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