A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing the stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids.
“Daddy’s Home” contains a few laugh-out-loud moments and a positive statement about an ex-husband getting along with the wife’s current husband for the sake of the children. Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) comes back into the life of his ex-wife, Sara (Linda Cardellini), with the idea to win her back from her new husband Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell), as well as their two kids. However, Brad is an easy-going and very likable guy, and despite his efforts to sabotage Brad, Dusty can’t help but like him. Eventually the two “dads” might possibly become co-dads. The film features a comedic theme that Dusty and his friend Griff both move in with Brad and his family and make themselves completely at home. Griff (Hannibal Buress) is good for some laughs: for example, he asks if he is allowed to eat something he is already eating, just to be polite.
However, the film is crude and contains many sexual jokes and comments. At the screening I attended, a father walked out with his daughter who was probably around 10 years old. “Daddy’s Home” is not a movie for kids and, due to the sexual and language content, does not earn our Dove “Family-Approved’ Seal.