When Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed up for the buddy cop comedy The Other Guys it resulted in comedy box office gold, so it was no surprise that they are teaming up once again. Their latest film, Daddy’s Home takes the family comedy approach, but can it bring the same laughs or will it end up a broken home?
Daddy’s Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. The film sports a decent cast outside of the Wahlberg and Ferrell including Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, and Hannibal Buress. This time around the film isn’t quite as strong as their previous outing, but does offer up plenty of laughs for fans of either of them. For anyone that has ever seen a Ferrell comedy knows what you are in for with him playing the simple minded straight man. Wahlberg on the other hand has proven himself in comedy, but not so much in the family film genre. They have great chemistry together, but the film as a whole gets bogged down at times in the stupidity of it all. If you can step away from the dumb mentality and decisions made by just about everyone in the film then it works a lot better, but they happen so often it might be hard for some. There is a pretty funny running gag that makes little sense involving Church’s character and tends to take it closer to the adult side of things without ever really crossing the line. The one constant here is the always funny Hannibal Buress whose story arc also makes little sense, but is a welcome ongoing addition who steals every scene he is in.
This is a ridiculous family comedy that is a lot of dumb fun, but a far reach from any of their previous outing or most of the comedies either of them have been involved in previously. One of the best scenes of the film is at the end of the film that not only makes for a great twist, but should it do well enough could set up a perfect sequel to the film. If you are a fan of Ferrell or Wahlberg then you will most likely have a great time here so decide for yourself. In addition to the film this release features a variety of special features including deleted and extended scenes, numerous featurettes that take you further behind the fun and so much more.
Join the battle of the dad’s when Daddy’s Home comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 22nd from Paramount Home Entertainment.