More family Christmas drama

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By 2017-12-17

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

Daddy's Home 2, the sequel to 2015's Daddy's Home, is a fun family Christmas comedy with the tagline "More daddies. More problems." The film brings back Will Ferrell as Brad the stepfather and Mark Wahlberg as Dusty the father at centre stage.

Their friendship and their foundation as co-dads is put to the test with a visit from their own dads, John Lithgow as Jonah Whitaker and Mel Gibson as Kurt Mayron. The film also brings back Linda Cardellini as Sara Whitaker and Alessandra Ambrosio as Karen Mayron, Brad and Dusty's wives, along with several other young actors who reprise their roles from the previous film.

This isn't the only time Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have worked together. In 2010, the duo starred in The Other Guys, a film that had similarly good acting skills and delivery by the actors, who are good working together.

The film centres on the two dads as they attempt to make Christmas a wonderful experience for their children, but the film takes a quick turn when their own dads come into the picture, each with their own style of parenting, Brad's dad with a more gentle approach to parenting and Dusty's dad with a more macho approach. The duo who had it all planned out, begin to question their friendship and co-parenting. The film is a fun adventure, filled with over the top chaotic comedy, as they all attempt to spend time together at a luxury resort.

The film has an almost similar premise as the recent film, A Bad Moms Christmas, which features three mom's whose mothers visit for Christmas. But Daddy's Home 2, on the other hand, is suitable for the entire family as a fun holiday film, with the co-dads friendship element giving this film a distinctive comparative differentiation. The film is mostly a clear test of their friendship and is somewhat predictable with a few bland jokes that are nothing out of the ordinary, especially with a Christmas family outing in the mix. It tends to feel a bit crowded and cluttered, in a plot that seems to be overused in recent films, and it makes it feel uninspired. But regardless, with a cast of actors who clearly delivered what's needed in a holiday movie, in terms of setting the right tone and feel to represent the holiday season. They're supported by a bit of drama that is in line with the theme in the story as well so the film clearly didn't fail in what it was meant to bring on screen, and manages to deliver just enough fun content to entertain.

The 100 minute film by director Sean Anders, with producers Will Ferrell, John Morris, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay, together with Production Company, Gary Sanchez Productions was made with a budget of 69 million. It earned 142.4 million dollars at the worldwide box office. Rated 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.2/10 on IMDb and 30% on Metacritic, this is a holiday movie for the whole family to enjoy.

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