Daddy’s home movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg is best for older kids/young teens due to language and some crass humour. It’s reasonably funny, but isn’t frequently amusing or too likeable.


Radio executive Brad Whitaker tries to be the best father to his stepchildren. But his problems begin to increase when the kids’ biological parent, Dusty Mayron, suddenly returns for a visit.

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Movie details

Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bill Burr, John Cena
Writer: Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris
Release Date (Australia): 26 December 2015
Runtime: 96 minutes/1h 36m
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic elements such as crude humour, perilous situations and bullying.

Violence (PG)

The film contains scenes of mild comedic violence, including depictions of people being kicked, punched and hit by objects.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “s**t”, “bitch”, “damn”, “ass” and “hell”.

Nudity (G)

A man’s lower buttocks are briefly viewed.

Sex (M)

The film features several crude verbal references to sex and male genitalia. There is also a scene in which a man attempts to provide a sperm sample.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Daddy’s Home is a frequently lazy battle between energetic Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg attempting to prove to their kids that they’re the better dad. It actually does pretty well for a while, managing to entertain us with its amusing moments and pleasing humour. However, it quickly descends into a slothful and unfair comedy in which we were obviously fooled by the enthusiasm of the trailer.

Comedies obviously provide as much laughs as they can during trailers to attract audiences to the film. That’s how it works, right? Well Daddy’s Home excites us before bringing us to the fact that it’s simply just a few funny situations before shaping into a big load of clichéd dad material. But it also suddenly bombards us with extremely uneven gender stereotypes and plain toxicity.

Thankfully, once all of that garbage is settled to the side, it’s a bright blue sky! Before becoming clichéd, the moments where the bright and shiny stars, Ferrell and Wahlberg, get competitive in increasing adoration from their children are very fun and thoughtful. There’s obviously humour as well, but it’s just to the point of becoming predictable.

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