REVIEW – Daddy’s Home has all the comforts of…well, comfort food

I’ve seen this pairing before. Fortunately, there were some new, silly things I *hadn’t* seen before.

I generally have mixed feelings about Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as a team. I didn’t really enjoy The Other Guys as much as I had hoped, but Daddy’s Home is a different story.

It’s dad versus step-dad in this film. Brad (Ferrell) has been married to Sarah (Linda Cardellini), while also raising her two children, Dylan (Owen Vaccaro) and Megan (Scarlett Estivez). But things get a little, erm, competitive when their freeloading father, Dusty (Wahlberg) strolls back into their lives…for a number of reasons.

It’s no secret Ferrell’s comedies are usually ‘inappropriate,’ depending on what one’s tolerance level is. I’m half on, half off the Will Ferrell boat where his movies are concerned (loved Anchorman, strongly disliked Step Brothers), but this one was surprisingly a lot better than I thought it would be. You understand, right off the bat, that the two kids don’t seem to like Ferrell’s character as much (though I think deep down inside they probably appreciate him more than they let on, how predictable), but he still goes through all the hardships of being a step-dad and dealing with the (I think oftentimes overblown) stigma of being a step-parent.

I think what made this movie shine a bit more – aside from Wahlberg’s and Ferrell’s respective deliveries – is that the supporting characters add more humour and dimension to the film. Not only are the kids really funny (especially Scarlett Estivez), but so are characters Leo Holt (Thomas Haden Church) – aka Brad’s boss – and Griff (Hannibal Buress). They provide some elevated comic relief from the sometimes overwhelming (or almost cliche, depending on the scene) Ferrell and Wahlberg. Also – one of the last scenes (obviously I won’t spoil it!) where the family attend a father-daughter was pretty cute – and funny.

Daddy’s Home has been kicking some butt at the box office, and I applaud its efforts to go up against one of the biggest movies of 2015 – yes, that would be Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and if you like Will Ferrell, family comedies, or you just need some nonsense to laugh at, check this movie out. A solid 3.5 out of 5.

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