Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are both absolutely hysterical, but they are pinned against each other in ‘Daddy’s Home’ is it hilarious or not so much?
Will Ferrell is officially the step-dad trying to be the best to his two step-children in Daddy’s Home, but when their real father — enter badass Mark Wahlberg comes back to town, things get a little crazy. This time around though, critics aren’t too thrilled with The Other Guys costars.
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As Hollywood holiday offerings go, the forgettable comedy “Daddy’s Home” isn’t so much a lump of coal as an empty box. Providing a perfunctory platform to reteam Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, whose odd coupling was put to far superior use in “The Other Guys,” the first PG-13 comedy from R-rated laffer auteur Sean Anders (“Horrible Bosses 2,” “That’s My Boy”) winds up an unpalatable mix with little to satisfy families or anyone who likes to laugh. Although Paramount’s Christmas Day release is sure to drum up some sales during the lucrative year-end season, audiences seeking a family-friendly Ferrell fix will quickly realize they should’ve stayed home and watched “Elf” instead.
New York Daily News
The world needs great Will Ferrell comedies. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them. The good news is that thanks to some decent slapstick comedy and supporting performances, “Daddy’s Home” is better than Ferrell’s previous effort, “Get Hard.” But “Talladega Nights,” it ain’t. And can we talk about Mark Wahlberg and comedy? Did any of the millions who saw the “Ted” movies leave the theater thinking Wahlberg was the essential ingredient in the man- bear bromance? He’s been a good looking himbo (“Boogie Nights”) and an authentic New Englander (“The Perfect Storm”), but comic leading man? Not his strong suit.
ill Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hope to strike lightning twice in their new comedy Daddy’s Home, coming off their well-received buddy cop movie The Other Guys. Alas, they don’t have Adam McKay directing this time around, and are instead paired with Sean Anders (That’s My Boy, Horrible Bosses 2). The result is a surprisingly tame outing that never takes full advantage of the stars’ talents.
The Hollywood Reporter
It seems like yesterday that Bridesmaids was being touted as definitive “proof” — as if such a thing were necessary — that, yes, women could be funny. But as 2015 draws to a close, moviegoers may be wondering what’s going on with the dudes. Let’s compare the year’s studio comedies: Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy gave us the gifts of Trainwreck and Spy, Pitch Perfect 2 was almost as fun as the original and Sisters is a serviceable Tina Fey/Amy Poehler vehicle; on the bro-ier end of the spectrum, we’ve had Unfinished Business, Get Hard, Entourage, the not-bad The Night Before and now Daddy’s Home, the largely laugh-free reteaming of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg after their 2010 cop spoof The Other Guys. You decide.
Are you going to see Daddy’s Home over the holidays?