November 27, 2017 Movies

Double the Dads – but half the laughs.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was saying how A Bad Mom’s Christmas felt like a half-hearted cash-in.

Unfortunately, the follow up to 2015’s Daddy’s Home is in the same boat.

The uninspiringly-titled Daddy’s Home 2 shares another similarity to the Bad Mom’s sequel in that the story focuses on the lead characters’ own parents joining them for the festive season.

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Since we last saw him two years ago, the sensitive Brad (Will Ferrell) has become best friends with his wife’s manly ex-husband, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg).

So close in fact, that the duo have decided that both families have to spend Christmas together. Just when it seems like nothing is stirring (not even a mouse), cue the grandparents announcing their festive visit. There’s the flamboyant Don (John Lithgow), the father of Brad and beloved Step-Grandad to Dusty’s two children. Then there’s Dusty’s mean-spirited womanising Dad Kurt (Mel Gibson, perhaps in the wrong role if he’s trying to distance himself from past problems).

Throughout the duration of the movie, I kept thinking ‘something is about to happen to drive the story forward’ – but it simply doesn’t.

And even though most Will Ferrell films don’t have massive plotlines, he is one of my movie ‘guilty pleasures’ and usually I get where he’s coming from in his movies being such a huge fan – but even he can’t save this.

A simple story is forgivable when the jokes are funny, but other than a small handful of gags, they just aren’t in a plentiful enough supply to bring some festive cheer.

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The humour is simply too cruel/crude for it’s intended market and often falls flat – leading to uncomfortable viewing instead of hilarity.

This is not the tone you’d expect from any Ferrell or festive film – which should be more family friendly.

As Peter Kay would say, you need to have a bit of ‘blue’ for the Dads – but this isn’t the right kind of blue as it hits wide of the mark. 

Mikey Clarke

 

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini & John Cena

Running Time: 1 Hr 40 Mins

Director: Sean Anders

Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 1hr 38mins

Written & Directed by: Sean Anders

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow & Linda Cardellini

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