Ok, critics love to hate movies like Daddy’s Home and its sequel out now, Daddy’s Home 2. I get it. They are ridiculous, stoop to the occasional juvenile joke or prat fall, and really are just simple and dumb. But when did that become a bad thing? I think people in general just have to start taking it easy and start enjoying movies for what they are. There are some stupid comedies I hate for various reasons but in today’s world of Trumpism and legitimized hate and everything else, sometimes we just need to see something stupid and laugh.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return as co-Dad’s Brad and Dusty. After the events of the first film they are making their family work like a well-oiled machine for the benefit of their kids. They share responsibilities and have grown to have a genuine fondness for each other. When their kids express a dislike for the usual holiday shared times at different houses Brad and Dusty decide to have a merged Christmas and bring everyone together. But a wrench has been thrown into the plan when their father’s end up joining the festivities. Brad’s overly affectionate father Don (John Lithgow) and his polar opposite, Dusty’s estranged father Kurt (Mel Gibson) both arrive and instantly start building tensions between everyone involved. Now Brad and Dusty must survive the holidays if they are going to survive at all.
Daddy’s Home 2 made me laugh my ass off pretty much continuously until the end credits. Surpassing the first film in my opinion, adding Lithgow and Gibson to the mix was pure genius. Lithgow is perfect as the doting, kiss-on-the-lips goofy Dad whose grandkids adore him. And Gibson is perfect as the abrasive and juvenile Dad who can’t stop picking up strange women and never keeping promises. Regardless of Gibson’s personal opinions and such, he is still charismatic on screen and still has brilliant comedic timing. And putting him together with the other actors here just results in silly comedy gold. If you need a break from the dredges of everyday life and the 24-hour bad news channel, pop in Daddy’s Home 2 and laugh for a while, it’s very therapeutic.