Daddy’s Home Review (Quickie Review): Stay Away

Chad White
Likes: The Other Guys, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
Dislikes: Predictable movies, old jokes

This is a quickie review. Chad saw this movie opening night but has been bombarded with work since. Now, he just wants to get it out.

Daddy’s Home is a trivial movie at best. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return to the screen together for the first time since 2010’s amazing buddy cop comedic effort The Other Guys. This movie tries to recapture the feeling of intensity and joke per minute storytelling of its predecessor to very little success. Don’t get it wrong, there are plenty of laughs to be had but they’re forced as the jokes themselves are trite with very little standouts. The cast includes Linda Cardellini who is given nothing to do except play victim to both the pushover Ferrell and womanizing Wahlberg. Thomas Haden Church is oddly wooden and Hannibal Buress seems out of place but still welcome. The story has the two male leads trying to outdo each other in an attempt to win the heart of the family. Things go predictably and, to the chagrin of the audience, Daddy’s Home plays out as a vanilla movie with chuckleworthy albeit simplistic jokes. A fair argument to be had is that the movie is trying to recapture what the 2010 hit had but, without Adam McKay, perhaps Daddy’s Home should’ve stayed away.

Should you watch Daddy’s Home?

Wait until this “gem” hits cable or save up some Redbox credits to rent it for free. Daddy’s Home is tiring, unwitty and plain.