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Daddy’s Home 2: The Most Inane Cash-Cow Sequel of 2017

  • Mark WahlbergWill Ferrell
  • Comedy
  • Sean Anders
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Marija Djurovic
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Daddy’s Home 2: The Most Inane Cash-Cow Sequel of 2017

Following the surprise box-office success of Daddy’s Home back in 2015 –the film managed to earn over $200 million dollars worldwide, believe it or not – the boys return for another round of laughs in Daddy’s Home 2; a derivative and a painfully formulaic follow-up which, apart from offering a few scattered laughs, can’t seem to find a way to make its set-up fresh enough.

Having finally managed to find a way to put their differences aside, Brad (Ferrell) and Dusty (Wahlberg) are now an inspiring fathering duo who have settled into a pretty solid co-parenting dynamic when it comes to raising their children. For those unfamiliar with the setup, Brad – still an overly-sensitive mush – is married to Dusty’s ex-wife, Sara (Cardellini), and is stepdad to their two kids, Dylan (Vaccaro) and Megan (Estevez) whilst Dusty – still very much of a man’s man – is together with model-turned-author, Karen (Ambrosio) and is also a stepdad to her grumpy teenage daughter, Adrianna (Costine).

With Christmas just around the corner, the already too-much-to-handle situation gets even messier when Dusty learns that his womanizer of a father, Kurt (Gibson) – a man who doesn’t hold back when it comes to mocking his son’s co-parenting routine – is also coming to spend the holidays with the family. Complicating matters further is the arrival of Brad’s equally schmaltzy father, Don (Lithgow), who also decides to join in on the family festivities; a situation which of course, only manages to introduce frustration and anxiety, whilst also disrupting Brad’s and Dusty’s newly-established truce and routine which they’ve worked hard to build.  

Daddy’s Home 2 is probably best-described as the testosterone-filled version of Bad Mom’s Christmas; another seasonal dud which, just like the movie in question, finds itself deprived of any charm or storytelling creativity. The similarities between the two films are staggering, which of course, only brings up questions of originality, or in this case, lack thereof. Watching three generations, who are forced to live together under one roof during one of the most stressful times of the year, battling out their differences, has its moments but, it’s mostly standard and uninspiring stuff that you’ve seen before.  

Adding an expanded family dynamic to the proceedings, Daddy’s Home 2 is equally tasteless in the humour department and although there are a handful of jokes that work, the rest are so incredibly inane – and some just downright wrong – that it’s almost too painful to watch.

Having said that, the cast is the only possible glimmer of a saving grace, with both Wahlberg and Ferrell further demonstrating their charisma and incredible onscreen chemistry which of course, knowing Hollywood, will probably not die with this film. As for the older extended family members, both Gibson and Lithgow do provide a certain comic-relief to some degree, but there’s not much there overall to truly call it a triumph.

Nonetheless, humour is subjective and audiences who enjoyed the original will probably find ways to appreciate this latest holiday offering, as measly as it is. However, for those who do not share in the enthusiasm, will most likely find a few random laughs to take home but, wouldn’t be able to deny that Daddy’s Home 2 is one tasteless and joyless mess.

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Daddy’s Home (2015), The Other Guys (2010), Step Brothers (2008)

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Will Ferrell is soon to appear alongside James Franco, Seth Rogen and Megan Fox in James Franco’s comedy-drama Zeroville; a story about a young actor who arrives in Hollywood during one of the most transitional time in the industry.

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