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Daddy's Home

Out Of Theatre
08 Jan, 2016 1 hr 36 mins U/A
Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell

While it seems entertaining at the beginning, the film ends up being forgettable, uninspired, done-to-death, formulaic comedy.


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Story: Stepdad, Brad (Will Ferrell) tries his best to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. Just as they begin to warm up to him, their studly biological father Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) shows up. Brad's plans go for a toss and the two compete with each other to be in their children's good books. Who wins?

Review: While it seems entertaining at the beginning, the film ends up being forgettable, uninspired, done-to-death, formulaic comedy that may not even amuse children under 10. Can a homely Brad outsmart hunky Dusty? The story is way too predictable, sweet and mindless for your liking.

The dadzillas put you to sleep with their cliched humour as they make desperate attempts to win over their children. Someone like Adam Sandler can still pull off these kind of comic capers but it's not Wahlberg's cup of tea. He is in great shape but that is where it ends.

Will Ferrell too fails to save this ship from sinking. His attempt at riding a bike is hilarious though. The end scene is endearing too. Wish there was more heart and less hiccups in this one.

If you prefer slapstick family humour, you may watch Daddy's Home. Otherwise, just stay at home and skip this one.
Avg Users’ Rating 2.7/5 ( 81 users )
It all turns into a big one-up-athon — and literally a dick-swinging contest during a visit to a fertility doctor played by Bobby Cannavale — as Brad and Dusty compete over who can tell Megan and Dylan the better bedtime story, build the better tree house, give better advice on how to handle bullies, etc. It’s a ripe, if obvious, comic premise, but Anders and his team of screenwriters don’t seem to have spent much time thinking up clever or imaginative ways to have the men hash out their rivalry. Daddy’s Home is a one-trick pony, and that trick — an effortlessly cool Wahlberg emasculating a beleaguered Ferrell — just isn’t fresh or funny enough to sustain a 95-minute movie. The biggest laugh comes when Brad unintentionally hurls a basketball at a Laker Girl’s face; it’s never a good sign when a film’s high point is a bit of gratuitous violence against women.
Daddy’s Home, which pits Ferrell’s brainy stepfather against Wahlberg’s brawny biological father in a battle for the love of the kids, plays like a comedy underwater: Its rhythms are sluggish, its jokes predictable and the gags are set up with such thudding deliberateness that even the sight of Ferrell losing control of a motorcycle, careening through the air and crashing straight through his house barely raises an eyebrow. To borrow a term from today’s youth — who, given the movie’s PG-13 rating and risk-averse humor, may be its target audience — Daddy’s Home is basic.
Apurv Bhalla
I actually liked this movie. More than I thought I would like before i watched this.
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