Will Ferrell is certainly no stranger to making hilarious Christmas movies, with 2003’s Elf helping to put him on the map as one of the funniest men in show business. Ferrell is back in the holiday spirit with Daddy’s Home 2, joining Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson and John Cena as one of the titular Daddies.
In the second instalment of the Daddy’s Home series, co-Dads Brad and Dusty take on the challenge of having a “together Christmas” for their kids. Their fathers – played by Lithgow and Gibson – add a totally new layer of hilarity and fatherly adventures. We’ve put together a list of our top reasons why you should see Daddy’s Home 2 which is now available to buy or rent at the Cineplex Store.
1. Perfect cast
We’d be hard-pressed to come up with two actors better suited to playing Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s fathers than John Lithgow and Mel Gibson. They’re almost perfect carbon copies of their on-screen sons, just slightly older. While we wouldn’t immediately think to throw this group of actors together for a comedy, it couldn’t have worked better.
2. Modern take on the classic family Christmas movie
There are dozens and dozens of great Christmas movies that focus on a specific family, but no Christmas movie focuses on a family quite like the blended family in Daddy’s Home 2. With a non-traditional family at the center of the film, it offers a more relevant and realistic look at a family Christmas circa 2017.
3. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back and better than ever
We’ve seen Wahlberg and Ferrell in action together before, in the first Daddy’s Home movie and The Other Guys. They complement each other perfectly, and they’ve never been better together than in Daddy’s Home 2. Wahlberg’s cool-guy dad is in perfect opposition to Ferrell’s dorky and affectionate character, and their comedic chemistry is spot-on.
4. More family-friendly than other comedy offerings of late
While Daddy’s Home 2 definitely doesn’t skimp on laughs, it keeps them mostly in the PG arena, making it a fun Christmas movie to bring your (slightly older) kids to. Ferrell and Wahlberg are known for their raunchy and decidedly not PG films, but they tone it down enough here to make it enjoyable for the whole family.
5. It’s the perfect Christmas comedy
Christmas has come and gone, but if you're still feeling in the Holiday spirit, or want to get a giant head start with your Christmas movie marathon, you can definitely do that with Daddy’s Home 2.