"Reel Reviews:‘Daddy’s Home 2’ worth time for its comedic moments " by: Jessica Shepard

   Like most sequels, “Daddy’s Home 2” strived hard to match the success of its predecessor and – like always – falls short on screen.
   And sure, I had a few laughs.
   But, overall, I felt let down and may have set the bar too high.
   It stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson.  
   The plot follows how Brad and Dusty (Ferrell and Wahlberg) now co-parenting Dusty’s kids, have to deal with their own fathers (Lithgow and Gibson) visiting for the holidays.
   Gibson plays Kurt, a former astronaut with more unapologetic testosterone than a wrestling match.
   Lithgow is the overly emotional and nearly smothering “Paw Paw” Don and has a little holiday secret that he’s not sharing with the family.
   After Kurt books a surprise Christmas trip on Airbnb; the dad jokes and gags roll on from there.
   There are only a handful of hilarious ones for me and mostly deal with Brad just failing epically at trying to be more masculine than Dusty or Kurt.
   In fact, oddly enough, most of them involve power tools or lighted Christmas decorations.
   The other is a longtime gag about how fathers are “in charge” of the thermostat and children are forbidden to touch it.
   Sure, I grew up with the same sort of house rule, but nothing can stop me now from staying cool as a cucumber in summer and toasty in the winter!
   There’s a subplot featuring Dusty’s conflict with his stepchild’s biological father, Roger, played by John Cena.
   The end has a little twist and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped, it’s still fairly decent.
   Daddy’s Home 2 has grossed over $73 million worldwide and is rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language.
   Believe me that’s a well-earned rating when Gibson’s character tries to tell an off-color joke and give his grandson advice about women.
   Not to mention some strange altercation with Dusty’s ex-wife and current wife concerning their daughters’ behavior.
   It’s not a traditional Christmas movie, but, then again, neither is “Die Hard.”
   And while it isn’t as funny as “Bad Moms Christmas,” it still has some comedic moments and does take the time to provide a little more character growth for co-dads Brad and Dusty. 


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