Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg face off in a domestic comedy that should have been sharper.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell go head to head in a competitive-dad comedy. Ferrell is Brad, doting stepfather to the children of his new wife, Sarah (Linda Cardellini). He’s just started to win the kids over when their previously elusive biological father Dusty (Wahlberg) roars in on a motorbike, achingly cool and impossible to compete with. Who will win over the kids and their mom?
The fact that Dusty is actually a bit of a sad sack is something a smarter film could have developed. But director Sean Anders’s film tells a basic story in which strutting males repeatedly lock horns to varying degrees of comic effect. Ferrell’s sensitive, PC stepdad is amusing at first but becomes less engaging as he buckles under pressure, while Wahlberg looks like he’s sauntered in from a different film altogether. Linda Cardellini has little to do other than look exasperated. Daddy’s Home raises the occasional smile, but it’s not exactly Wahlberg or Ferrell’s finest hour.
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