Daddy's Home DVD Review

DVD Review by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

The Review
After a hilarious outing in The Other Guys, it’s a Will Ferrell Mark Wahlberg rematch, this time battling for father of the year in Daddy’s Home. 

The duo was an unexpected hit pairing as mis-matched cops in The Other Guys, with Mark Wahlberg a revelation after countless by-the-numbers action movies. So it was only a matter of time before the two reteamed.

Sadly, they’ve got Sean Anders (That’s My Boy, Horrible Bosses 2) behind the camera who just lacks the knack of Adam McKay, who cut the crass and added some class to The Other Guys. Anders has copied successful aspects, like having Will play it down and be the straight guy, and Will having a loopy boss. Though instead of Michael Keaton spouting TLC lyrics they’ve got Thomas Haden Church taking it down to the gutter.

But it’s the Ferrell and Wahlberg show, and you can’t deny their comedy chemistry. The film works best when the two are onscreen together, with Wahlberg stealing the show every time he undercuts Ferrell’s best dad efforts. Sadly, the slapstick set pieces are a bit contrived, and the basketball game scene is just plain cringe-worthy. Ferrell’s day job at a soft jazz radio station brings a lot of laughs, and cheesy as it is you can’t deny the warm fuzzies at the finish. Plus, a certain guest star at the end is comedy gold.

The Verdict
While not nearly as clever and relentlessly funny as The Other Guys, it’s good to see Ferrell and Wahlberg back together and having a great laugh.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 27th April 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence, sexual references & offensive language
Duration: 96 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell
Director: Sean Anders, John Morris (That’s My Boy, Horrible Bosses 2)

The Extras
The scene involving Will Ferrell's character botching a half-court shot and hitting a cheerleader with a basketball was filmed during halftime of a real basketball game between the Pelicans and the Lakers in New Orleans. Videos of the incident quickly popped up on video sites such as YouTube and Vine.

Will Ferrell was originally set to play the real father, with Ed Helms set to play the stepfather.

Vince Vaughn was originally cast in the role that went to Mark Wahlberg.

As told in the trailer, this is the second time Mark Wahlberg has been told to put a shirt on. It's was first referenced when Steve Carell mentioned it in Date Night (2009).

Tony Hawk and Mike McGill served as stunt doubles for a skateboarding scene in the film.

The airport in the movie is actually the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Centre. The airport was too busy for filming, so the convention centre signage was changed to make it look like an airport.