Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg form an unlikely comedy duo in ‘Daddy’s Home’ - a witty tale of fatherhood
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It’s Will Ferrell versus Mark Wahlberg in a face-off of who can be the best dad? in ‘Daddy’s Home’.
A hard-working, volunteering, all round good person, Ferrell plays stepdad Brad Whitaker, who’s only dream is to be called ‘dad’ by his wife Sarah’s two children - one of which, Megan (Scarlett Estevez), draws family pictures of him with “homeless man poo for hair” or half buried in the ground.
Things only get a lot worse when their real dad - a macho, motorcycle-revving Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg) shows up, having been away for six months.
What follows is a series of hilarious set-pieces where the pair attempt to outdo each other, to win the affection of the children - and wife Sarah (played by Linda Cardellini).
Brad (Ferrell) later ends up stuck in a wall after attempting to prove he can ride a motorbike. Of course, he can’t.
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Then, further down the line, he has a go at skateboarding off the roof of the house and ends up electrocuting himself - half to death - on a pylon in the garden.
All whilst Dusty (Wahlberg) lands himself royalties after belting out the jingle for Panda FM, a smooth jazz radio station where Brad works and has been trying to find its next star, but to no avail.
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A similar personality to that of his nervous, lover-not-a-fighter type character in previous film ‘Get Hard’, Ferrell is likeable and loveable: just trying to be a good dad - and, of course, he has no trouble making the audience laugh.
It all comes full circle as well when former WWE wrestler John Cena makes a cameo appearance as ‘cool dad’ (according to IMDB) in the last scene - on an even bigger motorbike than Brad’s, fittingly.
Proving that there’s always going to be someone better looking and stronger out there, it’s well set up for a sequel.
7/10 - a typically Will Ferrell comedy with plenty of laughs and clever set pieces