Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress, Alessandra Ambrosio, Paul Scheer
'Daddy's Home' poster. Pic/Santa Banta
It's meant to be a laugh riot but what it ends up being is just, barely amusing. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell team up once again, in this attempt to bring the house down but 'Daddy's Home' doesn't quite get the mechanics right and the jaded set-ups just about pile up the misery.
A timid radio executive Brad(Will Ferrell) working for a several times divorced and remarried (Thomas Haden Church), manager of 'The Panda', a smooth-jazz radio station, strives to be the world's best stepfather, but his efforts are thwarted when his wife Sarah's (Linda Cordellini) freeloading ex-husband Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) comes back into the picture.
Familiarity and predictability jade the set-up. Ferrell is the soft-core, wimpy, easy-on-the-tears, square married to a woman whose ex-husband and biological father of her two children is more of a handy doer, with a coveted body type and responsibility issues. Trouble brews when the Ex decides to pay his former family a visit, prompted of course by Brad's sense of fair-play. But all's not fair when two grown-up men compete for the affections of a woman and her offspring.
Juvenile antics, delinquent behavior by adults and sub-plots that veer away from the main thread add to the listlessness of this product. While Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are pretty much on the up, in terms of comic timing, there's very little for them to do other than aggressive posturing.
A few laughs can be had on that but after a point it all gets tiresome and boring. The Boss (Thomas Haden Church) gets the best lines and the handyman (Hannibal Buress) a contractor hired and then fired by Brad, ekes out a few too. The childish antics of the grown-ups get to you after a point. And it's really not funny anymore thereafter!
Watch the trailer of 'Daddy's Home'