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.
Audience Reviews for Daddy's Home 2
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.
Maybe it was the infectious energy of the packed theater or that my brother, as my movie companion, was having a great time, that I actually found Daddy's Home 2 shockingly tolerable. It is not hilarious or well-written for the most part but the fun it is to see Will Ferrell and John Lithgow together makes one forget the many, many flaws. One of them is Mel Gibson who looks like he is despising every minute being onscreen, and his delivery diminishes any attempts at humor. The film is a simple holiday lark, actually sharper and more story driven than the first Daddy's Home. Not a must see, but a solid Netflixable trifle. Rating: 57
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