Daddy's Home 2 is the sequel to the hilarious 2015 film, where step Dad Brad finds himself competing with biological father Dusty to keep his perfect family life intact. Dusty will stop at nothing to push Brad out, leading to some fiercely funny competition to be the best Dad. Eventually, the pair put their differences aside agreeing to become co-dads and give the family the best chance of a happy future together.
Leap forward a few years and the pair decide to create the perfect Christmas by having a special joint Christmas. All seems fine until Brad and Dusty's Dad's turn up and complicate things. Brad's Dad is an overwhelmingly loving father and grandfather. But, Dusty's Dad is a tough ex-astronaut who is hell-bent on changing things to suit his needs. As the big day approaches, things get crazily out of line pushing Brad and Dusty to their absolute limits.
It's fair to say that this is quite a formulaic Christmas comedy, but it is a formula that offers a genuinely funny outcome. Sean Anders does a great job, returning as Director and screenwriter. Providing a relentless package of outrageously funny moments and getting the very best from the star-studded cast.
Reprising their roles from the first film, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as Brad and Dusty. These guys have genuine chemistry and bounce off each other brilliantly. Ferrell is always incredibly funny but takes things up a notch in these films. John Lithgow is surprisingly good at playing Brad's doting father. But Mel Gibson is a big shock, seeming to struggle with his thoroughly unlikable character and failing to be in the slightest bit funny.
In the build-up to Christmas, it's guaranteed that we are going to be bombarded with heaps of festive films. So Daddy's Home 2 does work well as a fun alternative option. This is a film that is not afraid to laugh at itself and tears open the frustrations of the perfect family Christmas. If you are a fan of Will Ferrell, then you will know exactly what to expect. All in all, Daddy's Home 2 is just a heap of wild silly fun. As a choice for a fun Christmas film, this is a great choice. It's just a shame Mel Gibson is so poor because everyone else brings lots of laughs to the table.