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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the over-the-top humor are positive messages about blended families, the benefits of biological and stepparents getting along, and the fact that jealousy, while understandable, is toxic to healthy relationships. Brad promotes the idea of nonviolent confrontation and active parental and stepparental involvement in children's lives. On the downside, the movie plays to the stereotypical notion that kind, nice guys aren't manly and that exciting guys must be macho, motorcycle-riding bad boys.
Positive Role Models
Even though Brad seems unexciting compared to Dusty (and gives in to some of his anxieties, acting out as a result), he's dependable, loving, and involved as a husband and stepfather. He loves his wife and her children and wants to be the best stepfather and role model he can be to them. Dusty is strong and handy, but he's also unreliable and actively trying to sabotage his ex's marriage ... until he redeems himself.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick and physical comedy. Brad has a motorcycle accident that leaves him literally stuck in a wall of his house. In another scene, a character is injured during an elaborate skateboarding trick. A man is infertile because an X-ray machine was knocked out of place at the dentist's office and irradiated his groin instead of his mouth. Men push and shove each other at a dance. A boy hits a girl who was bullying him. A man throws a basketball that hits and injures a cheerleader and another that hits and injures a wheelchair-bound boy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Drunken jokes about making love to "our wife"; recurring jokes about Dusty's penis, scrotum size, and virility (with a doctor actually making two men undress so a woman can see which is healthy and which is not). Allusions to the size of a man's "sword."
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Frequent cursing, including "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "s--thead," etc. A few uses "Jesus Christ" and "goddammit" (as exclamations).
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Products & Purchases
Ford Flex, Apple products, Indian Motorcycle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink -- in one case to the point of public intoxication that leads to inappropriate comments/behavior and getting thrown out of a sports venue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daddy's Home could easily have been a family-friendly film if there had been fewer crass jokes and obscenities -- but as it is, while it features elementary-aged children, it's definitely not for them. There's quite a lot of swearing (including "s--t" and more), plus recurring jokes about sex, penis size, and virility. The movie trades in outdated stereotypes: that kind, nice guys aren't manly and that exciting guys must be macho, motorcycle-riding bad boys. There's some adult drinking and drunkenness, accidental violence and physical comedy, and generally cringe-inducing gags. Although there are ultimately positive messages about blended families and the toxic nature of jealousy, they don't outweigh this Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg vehicle's unnecessarily crass humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Another case of the best bits showing up in the trailer, this is a comedy that doesn't have much more to offer than predictable (and literal) comparisons of manhood. Since Ferrell and Wahlberg were considerably funnier foils and partners in The Other Guys, it's obvious why they'd team up for another buddy comedy. And given the set up, there was so much room for family shenanigans -- but instead the movie devolves into crass, unfunny jokes, like a recurring gag about Brad's shrunken and barren testicles. In most comedies, there's just a figurative, Freudian competition between men, but in this case, the two men actually drop their pants and submit to inspection by a reproductive endocrinologist (and, far worse, their former/current wife).
Despite Daddy's Home's many flaws, there are a few laugh-aloud scenes, particularly if you appreciate Ferrell's talent for physical comedy. There are also a couple of unexpectedly sweet moments when Brad demonstrates why it's better to show and not tell as a parent. Thomas Haden Church looks like he's having fun playing Brad's womanizing boss at a smooth jaz radio station, while Cardellini has little more to do than look pretty and warn Brad that Dusty is a master manipulator. A true family comedy this is not, and if you're looking for a better Ferrell/Wahlberg film, skip this and check out The Other Guys instead.
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