The perfect family gets turned on its head when someone comes back to town one day
Will Ferrell is a man who is hit or miss with comedies lately. He was awful in Get Hard but he was amazing in The Lego Movie. He has had a great comedic career so far and has played a ton of different roles. His newest film pairs him again with Mark Wahlberg who worked with him in The Other Guys which was overall an alright comedy. Their newest film Daddy’s Home is a different role for both of them and this is what this writer thought of it.
Brad Taggart (Will Ferrell) is a simple man who works as a radio executive for a local jazz station and is a stepdad to a lovely pair of kids.. He is married to a lovely woman named Sarah (Linda Cardellini) who has two kids of her own from a previous marriage. These kids are not fond of Brad but he hopes that soon they will grow to love him. Just when things seem to be getting great for this family along comes Dusty Mayron ( Mark Wahlberg) the father of these children and a man who seems perfect in every way. Once he comes back home the battle for the kids affections begins and some good comedic moments occur. Why has Dusty come back to town? What lengths will these two men go to to try and gain the love of these kids? And who will end up being the victor in this difficult battle?
This writer was unsure he would like this movie when he saw it but he kind of liked it. It was certainly not the best comedy to star these two men but it was not awful. Ferrell does a great job playing a role that is out of his comfort zone and it makes it easier to root for his character. There are some good comedic scenes that will elicit some laughs but nothing that will have you jumping out of your seats. The soundtrack is good with a few good songs in it and a score that adds some strong intensity once or twice that gives those scenes the edge they need to be memorable and hilarious.
The film gets 5/10. There are a few reasons it gets this rating. It is not a bad film but it is not amazing either. There are a couple funny moments but most of the time the humor goes too far or worse yet comes out as just cruel instead of clever. But on the bright side the kids are not put into the crossfire as much as the trailer wants you to think. The film also has a few cool surprises along the way and the ending was rather good. This writer didn’t hate this film but it didn’t have him laughing till it hurts either. It will not be a film everyone will enjoy and young kids shouldn’t see it for a few adults situation and some adult language. Overall it is an okay comedy but it could have been much better.
If you are looking for a few good laughs then you should see this movie. If you are a fan of Will Ferrell than you may enjoy this new comedy. If you are looking for a film to watch with your friends this is the one to watch. Daddy’s Home comes out this Friday.
Watch the humorous trailer here: