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REVIEW: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017) – ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

Run Time: 100 Mins
Rated: PG-13
What To Expect: A movie hurt by the final 20 minutes, but a solid comedy with Gibson stealing the show

Daddy’s Home 2 is a Christmas movie and by the time Jesus’ big day even rolls around, it’ll probably have passed $100 million at the box office.  This must stick in the craw of those who have been pissing on the movie from day zero (the announcement of Mel Gibson’s presence in a big movie) and even forecasting that he’d ruin it altogether.  But that’s just the cherry on top of a funny movie, where everyone is having fun.

Even before Gibson shows up, it’s already fun.  Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) and Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) are now best pals, with the latter now acquiescing to Whitaker’s softly and ‘progressive’ family leadership methods.  It’s kind of like the time Homer Simpson became Ned Flanders’ best friend.  When they plan the best inter-family Christmas ever, Whitaker’s father, Don (John Lithgow) is invited, but so is Whitaker’s father, the ex-astronaut and womanizer, Kurt (Mel Gibson).

Kurt disapproves of his son’s worrisome remoulding as a nu-male dad, and accordingly rides him throughout the Christmas holiday.  He also tries to man up his grandson by teaching him the benefits of gun ownership and tells dead hooker jokes.  Oh, and he’s a former astronaut, but that bares repeating.

This movie is a great treat for Christmas — the cast is clearly having a ball and the on screen chemistry between all elevates the otherwise mediocre screenplay.  Good delivery and, I’m sure, a fair bit of ad-lib lead to good results.  And even though it’s PG-13, it surely pushes the boundaries because it often feels risqué.  The only real way the film lets itself down is the final 20 minutes or so, where it tries to jam in too many moral platitudes.  And it teases a John Cena vs. Mark Wahlberg fight, but doesn’t deliver.

It looks like there’s going to be a third movie.  I look forward to it.  I would also make a suggestion — cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Cena’s father.  Clearly in the next movie they’re going to have an outdoors summer vaction, or something.  We need Arnold to out-alpha the entire group!

  • Gabe

    That final kiss ahhhhhh Come on guys ! The only reason you are given it a 7 is because of Mel. This film is a piece of shit and you know it.

    • Mucho Macho

      I like Will Ferrell movies. Some are better than others of course but just like Adam Sandler he’s never pretended to be something he’s not & for the most part his movies at least are entertaining or goofy enough for me to pass the time with.

      Now I think we all have actors that we admire and we check out for the most part what they do at least once. I’am a huge Mel Gibson fan of course so I was going to check this one out & also cause I like the first one as well.

      So yeah we all might just was a movie cause of who’s the star &/or give an extra point or two to a film if a star we like is in it. I can assure you the only reason I saw “Rhinestone” was because Stallone was in it..
      Otherwise..NO WAY!!😨
      LOL

      • French Predator

        rhinestone is like chewing broken glass then drink vodka.

        • Mucho Macho

          To put it mildly😂😂

  • French Predator

    There is a blood squib and it’s PG-13, it’s a miracle ahahah.
    Mel was fucking great in it.
    The haters got pwned hardcore ! 76+ million domestic HAHAHAAH!!!!

    pwneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed

    • Gabe

      I bet after that final scene all the haters started loving Mel

      • French Predator

        father and son , so what ? besides they say it’s not for them…

        • Gabe

          All im saying is that people must have love it !!!

          • French Predator

            76 millions and still growing hahahah!!! haters got pwned.

          • Gabe

            After that beautiful scene the haters are now lovers.

          • French Predator

            watch the movie again, you didn’t get it.

          • Gabe

            There is nothing to get. Is just 2 men kissing. Its all good

          • French Predator

            not two guys, a father and son , and they fucking hated it.
            get your facts straight

          • Gabe

            Im good with it and everybody else loved it too including the haters. I don’t know why you are making a big deal out of it. You and the gays who loved it now have something in common. Its a great film isn’t it ? 😉

          • French Predator

            = Worldwide:
            $91,147,028

          • Gabe

            is that good or bad ? I hear Pg 13 family films usually do well. Did the R rated Blade Runner 2049 did as well as this one ?

          • French Predator

            haters got pwneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed

          • Gabe

            haters dont care about stuff like that like you do bro. Its just money that dosent go to them or to you There is no war. You should focus on the good and not on the bad. Just saying

          • French Predator

            the comments are clear, the haters are crying ahhaahah

          • Gabe

            the question is . Why do you care about the haters and not about the fans ?

          • French Predator

            the question is, who said I don’t care about the fans ?

          • Gabe

            so forget the bad and focus on the good

      • French Predator

        The Mel haters have a brain problem, only a flamethrower can cure ’em.

        • Gabe

          what about the stuff that you hate ? Do you think you have a problem for hating them ? See what am saying ? You should focus on the stuff and the people that you like and not on the people and the things that you hate.

          • French Predator

            I only hate crap.

          • Gabe

            so you should focus on other stuff other than crap

          • French Predator

            That’s what I do, i’ve rated almost 3000 movies and shows and most are great.

    • BradyDeez

      I thought PG-13 was girly??

      • Gabe

        me too

        • French Predator

          you people don’t want to face reality….Sad!

          • Gabe

            What reality?

      • French Predator

        Pg-13 is girly when the movie should be R in the first place, or when it’s a franchise wich is R first then Pg-13.
        Examples : mad max 3, robocop 3 , expendables 3 …AVP.
        Back to the future, Red Dawn and The Wind and the Lion, Batman89, Gremlins… are Pg-13 and great.

  • Mucho Macho

    Saw the film this morning and I liked it.
    Can I say something about Gibson..
    Somebody else very easily could have said “Look.. I’m getting back in Hollywood’s good graces and I don’t want to do a film in which I’m just shitting on lefty progressives”

    But not Lord Mel, this motherfucker was shitting on snowflakes left and right throughout the movie with glee. Gotta say.. family film or not this was a ballsy move by Lord Mel.

    • French Predator

      HAHAHAH Exactly, Mel never kissed their asses, and he spent the whole movie trying to man up these killary fanboys.That shotgun scene was cool as fuck.

      • Mucho Macho

        I thought that maybe because it’s a Hollywood movie they were going to turn the Mel Gibson character into a snowflake but it turns out he was starting to influence the progressive family in the movie.. Even Will Ferrell’s wife was calling him a snowflake & I thought that was cool.

        • French Predator

          yes !

          • Mucho Macho

            👍👍

      • Gabe

        You know that is just a movie right ? Lol

        • French Predator

          tell that to the critics

          • Gabe

            never cared for critics

  • the_greater_gabbo

    liam neeson