More To Say #8: Daddy’s Home

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Daddy’s Home is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Sean Anders and written by Brian Burns, Anders and John Morris. The film is about a mild-mannered executive named Brad (Will Ferrell) who is helping to parent his wife Sara’s (Linda Cardellini) two children, who she had with her ex-husband Dusty (Mark Wahlberg). When Dusty tries to re-establish his role as father, Brad is intimidated by Dusty’s muscular appearance and extroverted personality. The movie depicts the two fathers trying to out-do each other and become the kids’ favorite.

I remember watching the trailer for this and going, wow, this could go either way, it could be really funny or really stupid and the critical reception wasn’t a strong indication, at 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, reviews for this weren’t promising.

And then something unusual happened, not only did the movie become a hit, it became a monster hit. It got usurped by Star Wars’ monster success last Christmas but Daddy’s Home made over $240 million worldwide, $150 million of that domestically and it actually surpassed Elf as Will Ferrell’s highest grossing live-action movie worldwide.

So, in one of my rare blind viewings where I just go see a movie at theaters for the hell of it and…it’s actually not that bad, in fact, it’s actually kind of funny.

I actually find this Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg collab much funnier than The Other Guys because a lot of the movie is kept very simple, it’s essentially a battle on who’s the better father, Ferrell’s Brad or Wahlberg’s Dusty and the two surprisingly work incredibly well even more than Other Guys did.

Not every bit of the movie is funny but Daddy’s Home overall is a lot funny than you would expect it to be, it’s a good fun enjoyable family comedy that surprisingly gets more laughs than you’d possible expect from it.

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