Daddy's Home 2 (2017)
Critic Consensus: A formulaic comedy that's unlikely to spread much yuletide merriment, Daddy's Home 2 can only muster a few stray yuks from its talented cast.
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Critic Reviews for Daddy's Home 2
Seen as a pure holiday comedy, Daddy's Home 2 works fine.
... the various subplots never really arc, feeling more like stitched-together snippets from '80s sitcoms.
A problematic comedy sequel that's almost worth sitting through for the incredible cameo in the final scene. Almost.
All right. This time I'm POSITIVE we're not going to see a holiday comedy this sour and cynical and profoundly unfunny for a very long time. At least that's my Christmas wish.
I found the sequel better than the original-the writing sharper, the jokes fresher and smarter, the comic interaction between the lead characters consistently engaging.
There are moments when it's deliriously silly and delightful, and others where it misses the mark. And while at times it feels like too many dads, they eventually all learn to "co-dad," in some kind of harmony.
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This is a dull and very boring film that never attempts to rise above the low standards of the first film. Ferrell has become a forced comedian, he just never looks at home in this film and the comedic moments are too predictable. The trailer has the best moments and work better than this film, the creative team behind the scenes are not comfortable with the material. Sean Anders has not transitioned comfortably to directing, the films are mostly mean spirited and unfunny. Sanders adopts some odd style of characters laughing at moments, when they aren't that funny. The glossy filmmaking style might look good but it means zero when you can't even muster a legitimate laugh with content. The cast is wasted and this is one film that did not need to be made, the characters don't evolve over the film, essentially robbing the film of anything resembling an arc. This is studio filmmaking 101 and needs to be abolished from todays films, there is no need for such a boring film to exist and it wastes the talents of each actor. I'm sure they were paid ridiculous amounts of money to be here but the target audience deserved more here, like the first film as well. This is bad filmmaking and not worth the viewing, any moment one of the actors is doing something, every crowd member watches in anticipation e.g. the first kiss. 17-02-2018.
There's not much that's original in this stab at comedy, and I say "stab" because it feels as if they're trying to kill it, and trying, and trying. It's a Christmas family holiday entry, and so it plays to that demographic, with 'the parents watching over children aesthetic' like a towel rag the family dog won't release. It's aims for "cute" and begrudgingly earns "very nearly so."
Maybe not as good as the first but it had its moments, I know people hated the movie before even watching it due to them hating Mel Gibson because he doesn't share the same views as most Americans (Not everything is about you America) I found his old school tough guy act the best thing in this film, The comedy turned mostly slap stick but it was funny in places, It's very predictable and got cheesy at the end, Just like the first the age rating let it down as more crude humour would of worked so much better, If you've seen the first you know what to expect as it's nothing particularly new but for what it's worth its a fun-ish comedy, The kind we get about 20 times a year though.
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