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FILM REVIEW: DADDY’S HOME (12A)

 

Everything you’d expect from a Will Ferrell comedy…

DADDY'S-HOME-POSTER-IMAGEHe may not be everyone’s cup-of-tea with his over-the-top persona – which combined with constant one-liners leaves him as the proverbial ‘Marmite’ in comedy terms.

And with Daddy’s Home he treads very familiar ground – so those that are a fan of his previous movies should leave pretty satisfied.

This comedy from the director of Horrible Bosses 2 once again teams Ferrell up with Mark Wahlberg – who played mismatched cops together in the 2010 film The Other Guys – and exhibits a similar plot of two incompatible people forced together, this time with them playing fathers.

Ferrell is Step-Dad to two children, Megan and Dylan. He’s desperately trying to win them over, and this becomes an even more difficult proposition after their super-cool, muscle-bound biological father (Wahlberg) visits.

The two of them then compete for the affection of the kids with varying degrees of hilarity – which is basically one long joke stretched out – but it kind of works.

Yes, the plot is simple, but – if you’re anything like me – that’s not why you to go to watch a Ferrell flick.

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You go for the laugh-out-loud one-liners and with Daddy’s Home, there are loads crammed into the hour and a half run-time.

Some jokes fall flat, but as they’re so frequent, just as you’re starting to cringe over one line, you’re in hysterics because of another.

And fortunately with this – as the jokes hit more than they miss – Ferrell proves he’s the ‘daddy’ when it comes to this brand of humour.

See Daddy’s Home and much more at Showcase Cinemas Peterborough. Visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk for the latest up-to-date showtimes for movies at Peterborough Showcase. You can also join the chat on Twitter @showcasecinemas or on Facebook by searching for ‘Showcase Cinemas UK’.

Mikey Clarke

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Genre: Comedy

See it if you liked: The Other Guys & Step Brothers

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro & Bobby Cannavale

Running Time: 1 Hr 36 Mins

Director: Sean Anders

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