FILM REVIEW: Simple plot but great one liners

Daddy's Home ANL-151230-103042001
Daddy's Home ANL-151230-103042001
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DADDY’S HOME (12A)

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CAST: WILL FERRELL, MARK WAHLBERG, LINDA CARDELLINI, ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO, THOMAS HADEN CHURCH, SCARLETT ESTEVEZ, OWEN VACCARO & BOBBY CANNAVALE

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 36 MINS

DIRECTOR: SEAN ANDERS

Everything you’d expect from a Will Ferrell Comedy.

He may not be everyone’s cup-of-tea with his over-the-top persona – which combined with constant one-liners leaves him as the proverbial ‘marmite’ in comedy terms.

And with Daddy’s Home he treads very familiar ground – so those that are a fan of his previous movies should leave pretty satisfied.

This comedy from the director of Horrible Bosses 2 once again teams Ferrell up with Mark Wahlberg – who played mismatched cops together in the 2010 film The Other Guys – and exhibits a similar plot of two incompatible people forced together, this time with them playing fathers.

Ferrell is Step-Dad to two children, Megan and Dylan. He’s desperately trying to win them over, and this becomes an even more difficult proposition after their super-cool, muscle-bound biological father (Wahlberg) visits.

The two of them then compete for the affection of the kids with varying degrees of hilarity – which is basically one long joke stretched out – but it kind of works.

Yes, the plot is simple, but – if you’re anything like me – that’s not why you to go to watch a Ferrell flick.

You go for the laugh-out-loud one-liners and with Daddy’s Home, there’s loads crammed into the hour and a half run-time.

Some jokes fall flat, but as they’re so frequent, just as you’re starting to cringe over one line, you’re in hysterics because of another.

And fortunately with this – as the jokes hit more than they miss – Ferrell proves he’s the ‘daddy’ when it comes to this brand of humour.

Rating: 3/5 – Mikey Clarke