Never work with children or animals, W.C. Fields said. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg ignore that advice in the utterly ridiculous, stupid and entertaining comedy of “Daddy’s Home”.
Will Ferrell is Brad, stepfather to two children who loathe him but adore their absent dad, Dusty (Wahlberg). Dusty is effortlessly cool while Brad is earnest.
Dusty moves in with Brad and Sara. Linda Cardellini is underused as Sara, which is a shame.
Dad and stepdad fight for the right to be the real dad to Megan and Dylan who are acted by Scarlett Estevez and Owen Vaccaro. Both children are especially annoying, as is a dog called “Tumor”.
Displays of macho pride and ill-advised competitions follow.
Thomas Haden Church, Bobby Cannavale and Hannibal Buress steal their scenes and are hilarious.
If you’re looking for intelligent and thoughtful film, don’t go see this. This is beyond dumb and into “Hangover” territory.
For me, the 96 minutes passed very quickly and I laughed a lot. The Stratford East Picturehouse was full of happy people who enjoyed it.
It’s vulgar, brash and just plain silly. Do see it if that appeals to you.