DOUBLE ACT: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini in a scene from the movie Daddy's Home.
DOUBLE ACT: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini in a scene from the movie Daddy's Home. Patti Peret

Review: Two dads, double the laughter in Daddy’s Home

FATHERHOOD is a never-ending juggling act.

Not only do dads have day-to-day responsibilities, sometimes they also need to be strong role models, or when that fails - pretend it's Christmas and buy their daughter a pony.

Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) soon learns there's more to being a stepfather than pick-ups, drop-offs and bedtime stories in Sean Anders' comedy Daddy's Home.

The film starts with Brad trying to be the best possible stepfather to his wife Sarah's (Linda Cardellini) two children, but just as they're starting to accept him, her rugged ex-husband Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) coasts back into their lives.

Daddy's Home begins to present itself as a formulated Ferrell comedy when Dusty demonstrates his bad-boy prowess and Brad finds himself in a battle to one-up his rival and win the approval of his family.

The first half of Daddy's Home was definitely the film's downfall, filled with jokes that constituted for quizzical, eyebrow-raised expressions, but it was Brad's boss Leo Holt (Thomas Haden Church) who stole the show with his nonsensical stories and a wealthy man's bravado.

As the film began to reach its climax the humour picked up and those questionable jokes from the first half finally came full circle in what felt like 45 minutes of non-stop laughter, leaving my cheeks throbbing.

This film is a must-see for any Ferrell fan.

If you're not one, then you're bound to enjoy at least half of the film, and there are plenty of shirtless Wahlberg scenes for the ladies.



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