Title: Daddy’s Home Director: Sean Anders Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 36m
“Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg face off in the ultimate Dad vs. Step-Dad showdown! Brad (Ferrell), who always dreamed of having the perfect family, is determined to become the best step-dad to his new wife’s (Linda Cardellini) children. But when their biological father Dusty (Wahlberg) shows up unexpectedly, Brad’s idyllic family life is turned upside down and he must go toe-to-toe with Dusty in this hilarious family comedy.”
1:20 – Woah, that Ford Flex is awful! 2:55 – You wouldn’t have thought the dentist could be dangerous in that way. 5:42 – You really do need to time your selfies with some etiquette. 6:44 – “I think it’s sweet he’s crying like a little b**ch.” 9:31 – The radio station is called The Panda!! 11:41 – Tune! The F1’s starting! 16:20 – “Let’s be respectful of Brad’s rules, no matter how arbitrary they seem.” 23:59 – Ha, the bike thing, so fake but so funny. 27:57 – I want to work amongst all the pandas. 33:04 – I quite like the idea of having difficult conversations through the medium of fairy tales. 36:26 – “You can’t build a treehouse with a tampon.” 41:45 – Grown men watching Frozen is fab. 44:14 – Interesting nuance between fighting and fighting back. 54:41 – I want a residual cheque. Have to make something first. 1:03:52 – Oof, we don’t need another Christmas in April. 1:08:46 – 18 grand! 1:15:47 – Who knew pickup was so stressful?? 1:17:50 – We all need a Griff in our lives. 1:28:55 – Actual castle.
We haven’t really been in the mood for films recently, but after a long day it was time for something a little mindless and a lot funny. That perfectly describes this film, it really doesn’t take much brainpower to keep up, it’s not particularly long, and it’s not particularly clever. But in places, it is extremely funny.
I love Wahlberg and Ferrell together, having seen them first in The Other Guys, which we still quote to this day. They didn’t have a lot of time to riff off each other, given the close proximity of pesky little children, but still, it was quite fun to have them sizing each other up once again.
Plus, I really did enjoy the presence of Griff - a random stranger offering insights into this family and their lives with no real basis for being there. Fun stuff!