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Daddy's Home (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 December 2015 (USA)
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Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when their biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.

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Sean Anders

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Brian Burns (screenplay), Sean Anders (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Brad Whitaker
Mark Wahlberg ... Dusty Mayron
Linda Cardellini ... Sara
Thomas Haden Church ... Leo Holt
Scarlett Estevez ... Megan
Owen Vaccaro ... Dylan (as Owen Wilder Vaccaro)
Bobby Cannavale ... Dr. Francisco
Hannibal Buress ... Griff
Bill Burr ... Jerry (Bully's Dad)
Jamie Denbo Jamie Denbo ... Doris
Mark L. Young ... Dental Hygienist
Matthew Paul Martinez ... Pete (Recording Engineer)
Dave Davis ... Panda Singer #1
James Harlon Palmer ... Panda Singer #2
Riley Ann Corbin Riley Ann Corbin ... Hello Kitty Girl
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Storyline

Stepfather Brad Whitaker is hoping for his stepchildren to love him and treat him like a dad. All is going well until the biological father, Dusty Mayron, shows up, then everything takes a toll. His stepchildren start putting him second and their father first, and now Dusty will have to learn that being a good dad is about pains and struggles. Brad will also experience once again what it's like to be a stepdad.

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Family is worth fighting for See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

World's Greatest Brad See more »

Filming Locations:

Metairie, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,740,203, 27 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$150,357,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,786,137
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cena was originally supposed to film his cameo scene while being shirtless. See more »

Goofs

The Indian Chief Classic has a six-speed transmission, not five as referenced in the movie (1 down, 4 up). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brad Whitaker: [narrating] Here's a question for you. What do kids need more, a father or a dad? What's the difference? The way I see it, darn near anyone can be a father...
[video of copulating rhinos]
Brad Whitaker: ... but not everyone has the patience or the devotion to be a dad. As for me, I've always wanted to be a dad. Let me tell you, I love it! Yeah!
[driving]
Brad Whitaker: And I love my Ford Flex. It treats me to a smooth ride, and you know what? It didn't break the bank. Room enough for the whole family.
[...]
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Connections

References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hate to Say I Told You So
Written by Nicholaus Arson (as Randy Fitzsimmons)
Performed by The Hives
Courtesy of Warner Bros Records, Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Ferrell versus Wahlberg!
27 December 2015 | by brendandevereSee all my reviews

Everybody loves a good laugh, but what makes us burst out into shrieks of delight is purely in the eye of the beholder. Some people still find Adam Sandler funny (and relevant)while others find the rebooted canned laughter of early eighties slapstick comedy the right fit for their sense of humour. It is all about taste and what one actually finds amusing. I find Will Ferrell amusing and when he teams up with Marky Mark Wahlberg, then what you have are a couple of "goofs" that can actually make people laugh. They are opposite in every way and because of this extreme difference, their personalities just seem to gel.

Director, Sean Anders (We're the Miller's) has reunited Ferrell and Wahlberg for the first time since their maiden outing together in the goofed up comedy, 'The Other Guys'. Surprisingly, that film worked with a collection of the most bizarre casting coming together to produce a funny cinematic experience. 'Daddy's Home has created a similar feeling with plenty of riotous events that will leave you with no other choice but to laugh out loud before choking on a mouthful of popcorn. Brian Burns screenplay is nothing spectacular but it doesn't have to be as Ferrell revels in the moment, delivering his trademark idiosyncratic 'fruitcake' performance. The funny man is constantly on the receiving end of Wahlberg's macho act but it sets the tone for some memorable events. Ferrell's films are predictable but he does them so well that the fans keep coming back for more. Marky Mark is proving versatile and isn't afraid of fabricating his own style. He is comfortable in allowing Ferrell to take the lead and then with all the smoothness of a newborn babies bum, slides into his role, bouncing off the comedic turn of big Willy's antics.

As the title refers, 'Daddy's Home' is primarily about fatherhood. Ferrell is the Step-dad, Brad Whitaker, who has longed to be a dad but because of an unfortunate incident, can no longer father his own. He gets his opportunity when he marries Sara (Linda Cardellini), a sheer beauty who has two children from a previous relationship. Ferrell's dopey, almost juvenile approach to his two step-children fuels the laughs from the very beginning. He is a man that loves his role and even in the face of adversity he enthusiastically launches himself into the children's lives. Brad's world is threatened when the irresponsible biological father makes a visit. Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) is everything Brad is not. In a simple word, the man is cool. He is popular with everybody and can do pretty much anything.

What follows is a riotous narrative of Step-dad versus dad as both Brad and Dusty go to great lengths to out do each other for the admiration of their children. There are some truly gut busting moments and throw in the dry humour of Thomas Haden Church as Leo Holt, adds flavour to an already delicious pie. A real standout are the well timed comments of Hannibal Buress whose presence is hard to ignore. His character, Griff, is likable from the very first appearance. Griff's relationship with both Brad and Dusty are priceless and commands the audiences attention whenever he is on the screen.

'Daddy's Home' does exactly what it was supposed to do and that was to make people laugh. Director, Sean Anders has delivered a thoroughly amusing film that allows its cast (especially Ferrell) to do their stuff. Relax and enjoy it. You will be rewarded.


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