I get that this is supposed to be a "mindless" comedy that's not meant to be taken too seriously. But, I feel this film uses that excuse to be lazy and un-creative. While it does produce a few chuckles here and there, it's mostly Ferrell and Wahlberg locked in their respective comedic shticks, trapped in a by-the-numbers plot and surrounded by one-joke characters. It's mostly inoffensive, but also easily forgettable.
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.
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.
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.