DADDY'S HOME

★★

ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND DAD-OFFS

BOXING DAY REVIEW
By Jess Fenton
20th December 2015

Among the list of Boxing Day releases, you’ve got the animated kids films, some for the grown ups, the Oscar contenders and a foreign film to shake things up, but ‘Daddy’s Home’ is your staple family flick. This is your live-action comedy that’s safe for the whole family... so long as you’re not afraid of a low-grade salty word here and there.

Brad (Will Ferrell) is a newly minted step-dad. He loves kids and has always wanted to be a father, but sadly can’t have any of his own. Luckily he met Sara (Linda Cardellini) who already has two, Megan (Scarlett Estevez) and Dylan (Owen Vaccaro). Brad is a loveable do-gooder who works for the third most popular smooth jazz radio station in the country, but his cool, calm demeanour gets tested when Megan and Dylan’s mostly-absent dad Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) comes to stay. It’s the ultimate dad-off. All’s fair in love and war, and when you’re fighting for your family, all bets are off.

SWITCH: 'DADDY'S HOME' TRAILER

This is Ferrell and Wahlberg’s second on-screen pairing after 2010’s 'The Other Guys', and once again mediocrity reigns supreme. It’s pretty much a paint-by-numbers movie that straddles the line between funny and annoying as Brad and Dusty’s ongoing antics become more and more tiresome when they don’t seem to be building to a greater payoff.

It’s pretty much a paint-by-numbers movie that straddles the line between funny and annoying.

'Daddy’s Home' does have a nice message about blended families buried in there somewhere, and while it is funny (although you’ve seen most of the gems in the trailer), it’s not really the laugh-out-loud comedy you might have hoped for. It has a fun factor and it’s relatively safe for the family, so it’s worth a shot if computer-generated chipmunks don’t really do it for you.

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