Film Review: Daddy’s Home

Daddy's Home

Director and co-writer Sean Anders’ Daddy’s Home is very much in the same vein as his other comedies. Will Ferrell fans will find laughs, but there is little here that is unpredictable.

Brad loves being a stepdad to his wife’s two children. Brad is finally winning the children round, when their real dad decides to visit. The freeloading Dusty forces Brad to compete for the affection of the kids…

Daddy’s Home is a sufficiently entertaining comedy, as may be expected from the crew behind Step Brothers, The Other Guys and more. This latest Adam McKay-produced film offers a formulaic premise. Viewers are likely to know exactly what kind of film it will be from the first five minutes. The dependable stepdad is upstaged by the exciting real dad returning after an absence.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play the exact roles expected of them in Daddy’s Home. There is no twist of assumptions as provided by The Other Guys, for example. In this latest film, the leads play to type. The wafer-thin characterisations leave plenty of room for comedy.

Daddy’s Home relies on the same style of humour as many of Ferrell’s other films. The film mixes slapstick with bawdy humour. This works to the same extent; some jokes hit whilst others miss the mark. Nonetheless, the film entertains overall. There are some decent parts, such as the anecdotes of Brad’s boss Leo (played by Thomas Haden Church). Will Ferrell goes through the motions as Brad; there is no stretch for the actor in this role. Likewise, Wahlberg is cast in a familiar fashion. Hannibal Buress is underused as Griff; the comedian is not given enough decent material.

Daddy’s Home is a diversion; audiences are likely to chuckle during the 1 hour 36 minute run time. Nevertheless, there are not enough belly laughs for the film to be memorable.