By Mica Wilhite
“Daddy’s Home 2” showcases the blended lives of five daddy’s. Following up on the 2015 original with father Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg), stepfather Brad Whitacker (Will Ferrell) and stepfather Roger (John Cena), the sequel now includes the grandfathers Kurt (Mel Gibson) and Don (John Lithgow).
The audience reviews capture the reason why this movie will be on most movie lovers yuletide cinematic list (65% Liked It on Rotten Tomatoes). Ferrell reliably delivers an avalanche of laughs and certainly has some witty banter with Wahlberg.
Take the scene where Dusty’s (Wahlberg) young son is innocently asking Brad (Ferrell) about how to start a relationship with a girl. Brad, true to his awkward but lovable persona, advises him to be the one the girl talks to about the guys she is actually dating. “It’s called The Friend Zone,” he says. To which Dusty jumps in and says, “No! No! No! That’s the worst advice anyone could ever give you. Do you want to be like Brad and be in The Friend Zone or do you want to be like Dad and get in the end zone!?”
Gibson and Lithgow do their comedic part as well. Lithgow drives home the importance of thermostat control when he is told his step-granddaughter has cranked up the temp to 85 degrees because she likes to sleep with her window open (“Is that true? Tell me that’s not true!? Oh criminy, you might as well give her your wallet and your 401K while you’re at it!?”).
“Daddy’s Home 2” (98 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an PG-13 rating for suggestive material and some language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Then, plan a not-too-serious holiday cinematic escape to see it, and possibly “A Bad Moms Christmas” as a double feature.
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