Rated: PG-13 for suggestive material and some language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: November 10, 2010 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
The set up for Daddy's Home 2 parallels the original. This time grandfathers are introduced played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.
It all looks good on paper Gibson the tough macho grandfather who constantly has an attractive young thing on his arm and Lithgow exhibiting a far more sensitive almost feminine personality as he romps around the airport when he arrives. Wahlberg has a new girl friend Karen played by Alessandra Ambrosio, a Victoria Secret model who completes her part just by standing around.
The tension to come is immediately obvious when Gibson's Kurt observes Lithgow's Mr. Whitaker kissing his son on the lips in a fit of joy when he first approaches Brad (Ferrell) at the airport. All the differences that are fed into the script have some solid potential. They even add in Roger (John Cena) another father to the mix. The family is almost confusing when the kids are sorted out by who they live with and who their father is.
Mr. Whitaker is visiting for the holidays without his wife but we find out at the end that she is up in the air with a new friend. Plenty of twists to be absorbed and what a tapestry to write a script on.
It all gets sorted out, sort of in the end but the script gives us very little to hold on to. Ambrosio just stands and looks sexy her only dialogue is about ship lifting with Linda Cardellini who plays Wahlberg's former wife. Ferrell stumbles around as usual even falling and stumbling with verbal as well as physical activities. He even sucks all the electrical cabling for Christmas into a snow plow.
But the story just relies on the tension and silly interaction of the mixed modern family rather than discovery which could have been entertainment.
Daddy's Home 2 is a good film to nap through between Christmas shopping events.
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