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.
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.
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.
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini & John Cena
Running Time: 1 Hr 40 Mins
Director: Sean Anders
Running Time: 1hr 38mins
Written & Directed by: Sean Anders
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow & Linda Cardellini
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