By Mikayla Mullen (San Angelo, Texas, US)

 

Daddy’s Home 2 did justice for the first film. Daddy’s Home 2 continues the saga of Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) and Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg). It follows them trying to balance being co-dads and switching the kids back n forth between houses. This comes to a screeching halt when Megan reveals, at a school play, her unhappiness with having to have two Christmases. The movie then goes into the typical hijinks and hilarity as Brad (Ferrell) and Dusty (Wahlberg) try to have a “together Christmas”. Their Christmas gets thrown off the rails when their respective fathers join in, Brad’s father Don (John Lithgow) and Dusty’s father Kurt (Mel Gibson).

Mel Gibson and John Lithgow made this movie! They added to the comedy between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Without them the movie would not have been the same, it is the drama stirred up by Kurt that creates the hilarious competition between the “harboring” Brad and Dusty. Don’s innocent form of humor contrasted well with the rough and tough nature that is expected out of Kurt. The drama that is stirred up by Kurt, who continues to poke fun at Dusty for “going soft”, eventually gets out of hand when a cellphone tower gets cut down, and Brad’s hurt feelings leads him to invite Dusty’s step daughter’s real father (John Cena) to join in on the family fun. This escalates the drama between Dusty and Brad because Dusty purposely did not want Roger (Cena) invited to the “Together Christmas”.

After the first movie, the second installment needed a fresh take on the relationship between Brad and Dusty, otherwise it would be a reprise of the first movie. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow was this fresh take. They were responsible for the hilarity that ensued on screen that kept the entire theater rolling with laughter. Even with Kurt causing problems with Dusty and Don dealing with issues with Brad, both the grandfathers help bring the family together by the end of film. Especially Kurt who helps Dylan get over his fear of girls and overcoming the gutter ball during the family game of bowling.

Some of the funniest moments in the film include the shocking development that Dusty lets his step daughter control the thermostat, which all the dads agree is a sign of loss of control, and the live nativity scene, which includes one of the funniest lines of the film. The entire film is full of quips, witty comebacks, and one liners that shapes the film into a hilarious sequel.

There really wasn’t anything about this film that was overly bad. There were moments between the wives, Sara (Linda Cardellini) and Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio) that fell flat. They weren’t as fully developed as they could have been, and this gave awkward lulls between scenes featuring all of the male actors. A scene that also did not make sense was between the son and the step daughter, this was unnecessary and did not add to the overall plot of the film. The film would have done the same without it as it did with it included. Overall, the movie did not have too many faults, at least not ones that an audience wouldn’t be completely willing to look over.

I recommend this film wholeheartedly, it is incredibly entertaining and worth the price of a movie ticket. If you haven’t seen the first Daddy’s Home film, then you are missing out.

Rating: 4/5

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