A mild-mannered radio executive 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.
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Having watched this Ferrell/Wahlberg vehicle way after the fact, I can honestly say there's a lot going for it. It's tight, well paced, hits the right beats and, most importantly, it's funny. It doesn't break any ground, but as far as family comedies goes, it's one of the better made ones.
Disregarding a bizarre fertility clinic subplot that doesn't gel with the rest of the movie, and the fact that this is very likely the most televisual film I've ever seen, "Daddy's Home" proves a successful variation on a familiar Will Ferrel vehicle (see also: "Kicking and Screaming") in which his 'aw, shucks,' George W. Bush-esque persona is channelled into a neurotic suburban dad and modest laughter ensues.
At a time when the marital success rate in America is less than a coin-flip, do we really want a film about two dads one step away from being classifiable as "deadbeat dads" pining for their kids' love and affection by way of materials? Just asking.
Honestly, I laughed my ass off. Although it tried too hard to be like Step Brothers (it can't compete due to the PG-13 rating) and the ending was too soft in comparison with the brutal comedy of what came before, it was a good movie and there is an excellent comedic duo in Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Also, can we just give Will Ferrell an Oscar already? The man is a genius.