Daddy’s Home is one of those movies that I can fire up anytime and have a great time with. Will Ferrel (check him out in Barbie) and Mark Wahlberg (you need to see him in Uncharted and Father Stu) are two actors that I am a huge fan of and they have fantastic chemistry in this comedy. What I love about this movie is that this is truly a family comedy that is suitable for people of all ages and it is not a gross-out comedy which I do love, but it is always great when you have a movie the whole family can laugh with.
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The Movie Review
One of the weirdest things about my relationship with Daddy’s Home is that this has actually become a Christmas movie in my house as the sequel is a Christmas movie and I always watch these back to back. The premise of the movie is simple, we have a stepfather who is trying to be pushed out by the father!
Meet Brad and Dusty
Will Ferrel plays the role of Brad. Brad is married to Sara and is a stepfather to her children, Megan and Dylan. Brad is the ultimate stepdad and husband, he truly loves his family and will do anything for them. They pretty much have the perfect family, they are happy, all get along and things are all going well.
The Arrival of Dusty
Well, that is until Mark Wahlberg’s Dusty shows up! Dusty is Sara’s ex-husband and biological father to Megan and Dylan and he has pretty much been an absent father. Dusty is not pleased about the “wimpy” and weird Brad raising his kids so he somehow talks Brad into letting him stay with the intent of driving a wedge between Sara, the kids, and Brad so that he can get them back.
Clash of the Dads
Dusty is the polar opposite of Brad. Dusty is cool, in great shape, and full of confidence, and at first, his plan works. Brad struggles to deal with Dusty and makes mistake after mistake and we get some hilarious scenes as the two try to out “dad” each other. For as over the top as the movie is, it is quite relatable and sure to make any dads or stepdads out there get a chuckle over these guys fighting with each other.
Heartwarming Family Dynamics
What I think Daddy’s Home does very well is show what a family dynamic like this is truly like. Ok, so it is exaggerated a great deal, but as I said, anyone who has gone through this is sure to find parts of it relatable. For a movie that has so many laughs, it also has a ton of heart.
Seeing Brad and Dusty work together to try and make Dylan feel good and confident was great. It was also awesome seeing Brad become more confident and Dusty soften up a bit and start to respect Brad! It is just a good pure family comedy and it is a movie that never fails to put a smile on my face.
A Touch of Will Ferrell
I think that if you are not a fan of Will Ferrel, chances are this movie may rub you the wrong way as he is very much “Will Ferell” in this movie. For example, my father-in-law hates Will Ferrell (he always calls him elf”) so there is no way he would watch this movie. That though is really the only negative I have about this movie.
A Timeless Family Comedy
For me, this is a family comedy classic and a movie I have seen multiple times over the years and it has never gotten old. You know, the only “issue” I have with this movie is that I do prefer the sequel over it. That is not to say this is bad in any way, I would just always pick Daddy’s Home 2 over this.
- There are some great and hilarious slapstick comedy moments in this movie
- Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have great chemistry together
- The kids are great actors
- It makes you laugh, but it has a ton of heart too
- If you are not a fan of Will Ferrell, you will probably find him very annoying in this movie
- While I do love this, I think that the sequel is a better movie