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Daddy’s Home

Film Information

Plot: A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best step-dad to his wife's two children, but complications arise when their free-wheeling and free-loading biological father arrives, forcing him to compete for the kids' affection.
Release Date: 26th December 2015
Director(s): Sean Anders
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini
BBFC Certificate: 12A
Running Time: 96 mins
Country Of Origin: USA
Review By: Samuel John Hall
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Film Rating


Bottom Line

Ferrell and Wahlberg are suitably matched as bro-down competitors but, despite some genuine laughs, Daddy's Home can't outrun the genre's cliches and its own formulaic plot.

Posted December 21, 2015 by

Film Review

If you’re wanting some un-engaging, frivolous yet harmlessly well-intended fun, you’ve come to the right place. If you’ve come to learn how to win your kids/step-kids/loved ones back, you’ve definitely not.

Mark Wahlberg is once again impressive as the aloof, passive-aggressive petrol-head – so much so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him relinquish his dramatic output in favour of more light-hearted fare. Will Ferrell, however much a pioneer of this bro-mantic humour over the last decade or more, feels a little stale and over-done. It’s fair to say you’d like to see him spread his wings and not simply play it so safe with his material, i.e. emotional, embarrassing and loud.

Examining the plot would be a waste of time – the story is irrelevant and the filmmakers make it quite clear from the outset there is nothing to learn here. Sit back, relax and tune out; don’t worry they’ll tell you when to laugh.

It’s more a pleasantly arranged set of ridiculous chest-beating anecdotes and silly muscle-flexing tom-foolery. There are some truly stomach-achingly funny moments that do make you feel as though you haven’t completely wasted your time. But they are maybe too few and far between to not leave you feeling somewhat short-changed.

Sammy Hall



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