By Amy - AVApril 22, 2016
Daddy’s Home is a new comedy featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg playing dad and step-dad to two kids. Ferrell stars as Brad, a mild-mannered radio executive who desperately wants to bond with his new wife’s children. After a rocky start, the kids begin to warm up a bit, but then Dusty, (Wahlberg), the kids’ biological dad, shows up and does everything he can to derail Brad’s plans. Dusty is cool and rugged, and the kids see him as a rock star compared to Brad, who is nerdy and overly sentimental. The competition soon begins as each man tries to outdo the other in a series of comedic escapades. The movie does a good job of portraying some of the emotions step-parents feel, but in an overly-dramatic way, and unfortunately, some of the jokes aren’t really as funny as they are set up to be. That being said, the plot is engaging enough and there are some really funny scenes and humorous dialog. Personally, I thought the movie was predictable, but worth watching. Parents should be advised that although the film is rated PG-13, there are one or two scenes that may be inappropriate for even older kids.
Overall Rating: B-