Comedy


Daddy’s Home 2


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
100 mins
Stars:
Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena
Director:
Sean Anders
Producer:
Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, John Morris

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
3
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


an adult father and son kiss as part of a joke over the course of the film; a flashback scene of a man and woman kissing and groping each other; lots of sexual remarks; a young boy kisses a girl, and many girls kiss him

Language


“d***”; “screwed”; “sh**”; “a**”; “h***”; “bast***”; “b***”; “d***h***”; sexual and crude remarks “give it to her”; “dead hookers”

Violence


slapstick violence including wrestling and fighting, a slap, headlock, and being tossed in the air; heavy objects fall on property.

Drugs


scenes where main character drinks beer/liquor; children drink spiked eggnog and get drunk

Nudity


a man’s butt cheek is partially visible; men in boxers; two females’ midriffs are exposed.

Other


a woman admits to shoplifting frequently; character seeks revenge against another; implications that a boy might be gay; lots of teasing between characters


Trailer



Synopsis

Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.


Movie Message

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are back as the hilarious daddy-duo, Brad and Dusty, in this funny holiday-themed sequel. Brad (Farrell) and Dusty (Wahlberg) have put aside their differences from the first film and are now the loving, attentive co-patriarchs of a flourishing blended family. Brad is the sensitive, nearly perfect and morally upright stepdad to tough-and-cool Dusty’s two children, while Dusty is now the stepfather of tech-obsessed, apathetic Adriana. All seems to be well as the family runs like a well-oiled machine, with Brad, Dusty and their wives at the helm—until a shocking confession from their children: they hate having two Christmases. Determined to have a “together Christmas,” Dusty and Brad arrange for one unified family holiday but are unprepared for the arrival of their own fathers. Dusty’s pedantic and crude father Kurt (Mel Gibson) is completely mismatched for Brad’s own optimistic, sensitive father Don (John Lithgow). Meanwhile, issues between fathers and sons extend to issues in Dusty and Brad’s own friendship—and with the added complication of Adriana’s dad, Roger (John Cena), it seems their “together Christmas” is more out of reach than ever.

 

There are a lot of things to love about Daddy’s Home 2! It is laugh-out-loud funny and has a great focus on family and friendship. Kudos to the writers and filmmakers for creating a father-centered story. With generations of well-meaning (often misguided) dads who truly love their kids, it is a subject so often overlooked in films these days. Reconciliation, friendship, and love are major subjects for the film, but it is also laced with so much additional content—slapstick comedy, crude remarks, sidetracked story telling—it feels like the main points are not fully brought out. I do give them major props for drastically reducing the mature content from this sequel, but it appears they spent more time trying to be funny and not enough time rounding out the story.

 

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make a great comedic team, and with the addition of veteran actors Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, this battle of the dads makes for great entertainment. I really like that the film gave viewers an honest, somewhat exaggerated view of father/son relationships and how they influence the family unit. Some moments in the film were quite touching as they dive into the dynamics of blended families and all the love and conflict that go along with them. However, throughout the film many characters bully, betray, and deceive each other without any real consequences or resolution. Although it has a happy ending, the issues that cause the conflict are never fully addressed, and much of the poor behavior is not dealt with (especially concerning the drunken children and destruction of property).

 

All in all, Daddy’s Home ” is a hilarious slapstick Christmas movie with heartwarming moments that never quite depart from the superficial. The film aims for family friendly, but falls short due to its crude language and overall content.

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