Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray & DVD March 22, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Brad (Ferrell), who always dreamed of having the perfect family, is determined to become the best step-dad to his new wife’s (Linda Cardellini) children. But when their biological father Dusty (Wahlberg) shows up unexpectedly, Brad’s idyllic family life is turned upside down and he must go toe-to-toe with Dusty in this hilarious family comedy that “will have you in stitches” (Jaclyn Roth, Life & Style).
‘Daddy’s Home’ follows kind and caring family man Brad (Ferrell) who lives the life he always dreamed of with his wonderful wife Sara (Cardellini) and her two children who he desperately wants to accept him as a father, something which he remains hopeful may happen in the not too distant future as he continues to remain active in their lives as much as possible, even volunteering at every opportunity in order to get involved. At least, that was until Sara’s intimidating ex-husband and the kids’ natural father Dusty (Wahlberg) schedules a surprise visit which soon leads to an all out battle for the love of the family as the two hold all punches and play their psychological games until only one man remains. Unfortunately they may be more worried about their personal clash than the family they intend to impress and win over.
Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2, Sex Drive) directed ‘Daddy’s Home’ from a screenplay he also co-wrote along with Brian Burns (TV’s Blue Bloods, Entourage) and John Morris (We’re The Millers, Horrible Bosses 2) and Anders does a great job at the helm, delivering a well constructed and surprisingly heartwarming film. ‘Daddy’s Home’ also owes a great deal of credit to the hilarious and talented cast including Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress, and Bobby Cannavale among others, each of which deliver solid and fitting performances in their respective roles. The chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg is once again a perfect combination for true hilarity and Thomas Haden Church tends to steal most of the scenes he occupies with his wonderfully offensive and ridiculously amusing portrayal of Ferrell’s boss.
‘Daddy’s Home’ is an enjoyable, hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming comedy. Even those who may not be huge fans of some of Ferrell’s more typical work, I would highly recommend still giving this one a shot, you’ll quite likely find yourself pleasantly surprised with what a tremendous and emotionally satisfying film it truly is. Those who may have seen the memorable 2010 film ‘The Other Guys’ are well aware of the comedy perfection that Ferrell and Wahlberg are capable of providing together and they are every bit as magnificent together this time around, bouncing off each other with an ease and perfect tension that is sure to keep most viewers laughing out loud quite consistently. This is one surprise comedic gem that I would highly recommend checking out; it’s more than worth the cost of a rental at the very least.
Overall, ‘Daddy’s Home’ is quite simply a surprisingly wonderful film. Guided by the capable hand of director Sean Anders and complimented by a perfectly selected cast including the always hilarious pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg along with a number of solid supporting stars guaranteed to deliver consistent hilarity, the film delivers plenty of laughs and is also brimming with some true heart. I would highly recommend making sure to give this one a watch when you find the opportunity to do so.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Daddy’s Home’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole, delivering a consistently sharp, detailed and gorgeous video presentation with no notable faults to be found within. It holds up impressively even during the fast moving or occasional darkly lit sequences, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty wonderful high definition video presentation that should easily please the majority of folks.
The Blu-ray release features a DTS: X (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great and provides a sharp, detailed and often notably aggressive audio presentation throughout, utilizing all seven available channels regularly in order to surround the viewer with the soundtrack, crowd chatter and general ambience, along with some other auditory elements in some of the more slapstick moments, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a fantastic DTS: X (DTS-HD MA 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Daddy’s Home’ features a number of entertaining and informative extras. Included on the release are a number of ‘Deleted and Extended Scenes’ from the film (running approximately 8 minutes in length altogether), along with a number of Behind the Scenes Featurettes including behind the scenes footage plus interviews/comments with the cast and crew and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘The Making of Daddy’s Home’ (running approximately 12 minutes), ‘Daddy-Off’ (approximately 7 minutes), ‘Daddy Daughter Dance’ (5 minutes), Halftime Stunt’ (9 minutes), ‘Tony Hawk: Skater Double’ (4 minutes), ‘Child’s Play’ (5 minutes), ‘Hannibal Buress: The Perfect Houseguest’ (6 minutes), and ‘Blooper: Jeet Kune Do’ (2 minutes).