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Daddy's Home - The Other Guys (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) Have a Dad-Off

Matthew Parkinson | 26 Dec 2015 16:00
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Directed by Sean Anders. Produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, and John Morris. Written by Brian Burns, Sean Anders, and John Morris. Release date: December 25, 2015.

After The Other Guys - a movie that was funny but forgettable - there were a good number of people who were hoping for either a sequel or another movie in which Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed up to bring us a comedy. Well, that and a spin-off featuring the characters played by Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. The first wish has been granted with Daddy's Home, a movie which pits Ferrell and Wahlberg against each other in an attempt to win the affections of a couple of children, all while learning what it takes to be a real parent.

The premise is this: Brad (Ferrell) has recently married Sarah (Linda Cardellini), who has two children (Scarlett Estevez and Owen Vaccaro) from a previous relationship. That relationship was to Dusty (Wahlberg), who wants back into the familial picture. Since there's only room for one male role model, the two engage in a game of one-upmanship to prove superiority over the other. Brad is a bit of a pushover, while Dusty is the epitome of cool, so they each have different ways of going about this. That's essentially the entire idea behind Daddy's Home.

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If you're looking for a movie in which two people with good chemistry together fight it out for the admiration of a couple of kids, then you'll be happy because that's what you get with Daddy's Home. The best moments come from the fights between Ferrell and Wahlberg, as the two work really well together. Wahlberg's tough-guy, cool-dad persona is so effective because of Wahlberg's unnaturally sincere delivery, while Ferrell is so easy to believe as the mild-mannered, play-by-the-rules guy who just wants to be loved that it's scary. Together, they work magic. As forgettable as The Other Guys was, at least I can remember how much fun these two actors were.

The same is true of Daddy's Home. Ferrell and Wahlberg are hysterical, and the antics they get up to are quite enjoyable, but the movie surrounding them is pretty much just fluff. Sometimes it's funny fluff, but Daddy's Home is the type of movie that you just won't remember even a few days - or, with some parts, hours - later. But while you're watching it? You're going to laugh a good amount. It's not the funniest film of the year, but there are a decent number of laughs scattered throughout its running time to make it worthwhile.

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