With three children, I rarely have the opportunity to go out alone, for no other reason, but to be alone. This weekend, I had the chance to watch a screening of the movie Daddy’s Home, alone. The movie was well worth it.
Directed by Sean Anders, Daddy’s Home brings together the team of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, who played side by side in The Other Guys. Mark Wahlberg’s sexy and tough guy attitude plays well off of Will Ferrell’s sweet and comedic demeanor.
From the website: Brad Taggart (Ferrell) is a kindhearted radio executive who wants to be the best possible stepfather to his wife’s (Linda Cardellini) two children. When her impossibly cool ex-husband Dusty (Wahlberg) breezes back into town, Brad’s feeling of insecurity quickly develops into an inferiority complex. As Dusty demonstrates his flair for athletics, home repair and bad-boy charisma, Taggart finds himself in a no-holds-barred battle to one-up his rival and win the approval of his family.
Daddy’s Home hits a home for a lot of people who are trying to blend their families. Brad struggles to be accepted by the children in his new family as a stepfather. As soon as he sees the light at the end of the rainbow, the biological comes into town to win back his family. This movie is right in my wheelhouse, very few slapstick humor moments, but a lot of subtleties that keep you laughing.
I was disappointed in the role of the wife who seemed to be an outsider in the growing competition between her current and ex husbands, letting them work out their differences on their own. Her involvement may have complicated the story line, but I think it would have overall been a better movie for it.
Kid Friendly: 13+. There are a lot of adult moments, not really appropriate for little ones. In our theater, several parents of the younger children had to leave because the children couldn’t sit still.
Score: 8/10 Room for improvement, but a good time.
Opens Christmas Day 2015