Verdict: A warm Christmas comedy that will make you chuckle.
A sequel to the 2015 film, Daddy's Home, Daddy's Home 2 adds more dads into the mix to celebrate a Christmas that's bigger, livelier, and funnier.
What's Daddy's Home 2 About:
Daddy's Home was all about who could be the better dad to Sara's (Linda Cardellini) kids – the mild-mannered stepfather, Brad (Will Ferrell) or the cool biological dad, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg). The rivalry between the two was settled at the end of the first film and now they have decided to be co-dads. Dusty is also married to Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio) and a stepfather to her children.
The entire family decides to have a 'together Christmas', where both the dads and their families can be together instead of celebrating separate Christmases at the two homes. But this not only includes Brad and Dusty's wives and kids, but also Dusty's father – the macho retired astronaut Kurt (Mel Gibson) – and Brad's father – a dopey ex-postman Don (John Lithgow). With the grandfathers joining the big family Christmas celebration, it's with more 'daddies' that the fun in Daddy's Home 2 begins.
While the first film showed us that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have a great chemistry, Daddy's Home 2 goes on to show that it's even better with Will Ferrell and John Lithgow. Both the fathers are an exaggerated version of their sons, but it's when Brad and his father are on screen that you get the most laughs. Mel Gibson excels as the villain, causing more trouble that leads to hilarious hijinks.
The children, especially Megan (Scarlett Estevez) and Dylan (Owen Wilder) once again add to the adorable quotient of the film. The newest young member of the family, Adrianna (Didi Costine) balances the cuteness by being that surly child who seems to prefer the company of her phone rather than her family.
What Could Have Been Better:
Daddy's Home 2 certainly has a large family and it does get a bit cluttered at times with several plotlines. It also has an admirable effort to be more family-friendly this time around, but it does sometimes work against it. And for those who remember the ending of Daddy's Home might be a little disappointed that John Cena only has a short appearance, but his tough dad act is delightful to watch for the few minutes that you do get to see him.
Why You Should Watch:
It's December and Christmas is around the corner. What could be a better time to watch a family-based comedy that will put you in a festive spirit? Daddy's Home 2 delivers a mix of laughs and messages in an entertaining package.