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Daddy's Home 2 (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 10 November 2017 (USA)
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Having finally gotten used to each other's existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

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Sean Anders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Brad
Mark Wahlberg ... Dusty
Mel Gibson ... Kurt
John Lithgow ... Don
Linda Cardellini ... Sara
Alessandra Ambrosio ... Karen
Owen Vaccaro ... Dylan (as Owen Wilder Vaccaro)
Scarlett Estevez ... Megan
Didi Costine ... Adrianna
Connor Wise Connor Wise ... Griffy
Daphne Wise Daphne Wise ... Griffy
Dylan Wise Dylan Wise ... Griffy
John Cena ... Roger
Andrea Anders ... Principal Hayes
Kyle Tristan ... Christmas Pageant Kid (as Kyle Tristan Wakefield)
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Storyline

After burying the hatchet in Daddy's Home (2015), the stepfather with a heart of gold, Brad, and the kids' biological dad with the perfect six-pack, Dusty, are now proud co-dads, working in unison to care for Megan and Dylan. This year, with Christmas just around the corner, the once-incompatible parents and their families decide to spend the holidays together; however, things will take a turn for the unexpected when Dusty's alpha-dad, Kurt, and Brad's touchy-feely father, Don, decide to pay a visit. Now--as the merry holidaymakers end up in a snow-capped cabin for a week--it seems that there's no escape from an impending Yuletide disaster unless the two pairs of fathers learn how to coexist and work together for the sake of the kids. Will things work out in the end? Can the four daddies save Christmas? Written by Nick Riganas

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More daddies. More mayhem. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy's Home 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,651,193, 12 November 2017

Gross USA:

$104,029,443

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,613,180
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Harrison Ford, Kurt Russell, Dennis Quaid and Tim Allen were offered the role of Kurt Mayron. See more »

Goofs

Shotguns are not equipped with scopes as depicted in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Kurt: [to Dusty; referring to Brad] His total lack of masculinity, I mean his weak chin and soft underbelly bothers you not a bit?
Brad: [after camera zooms out, to show him sitting in a chair next to Kurt and Dusty ] You know, I'm just getting the feeling maybe you guys would like some privacy.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a scene with Don at a nativity scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Idris Elba/Khalid (2019) See more »

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Silent Night
Written by John Freeman Young & Franz Xaver Gruber
Arranged by Stan Reynolds
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under-rated enough to question critics
24 November 2017 | by JawsphobiaSee all my reviews

These days I rarely enter an IMDb review. And when I have in the past it has usually been to offer an under-represented opinion. Here goes:

I suspect that some critics are triggered by bits that appear in trailers for the film, like the running joke that Will Ferrell kisses his father John Lithgow as Mel makes wry commentary on it. What someone today might call "gay panic" or "homophobia" is actually better described as CULTURE SHOCK, a term without so much judgment. It is all part of a character arc and effectively underscores the difference in parenting styles at the heart of the movie's conflicts.

This movie opened on my father's birthday, which might have been a good time to see it (or a terrible weepy time) but I had to work. I finally saw it and had the cinema all to myself on a Friday afternoon. The movie deserves more success. It is about on par with most Christmas dysfunction movies like Christmas Vacation. Watching a few of the set-piece moments, especially where they culminate, I am flabbergasted that critics have been hostile. Rotten Tomatoes guaranteed fresh the remake of Ghostbusters and this movie gets a splat? Something is rotten besides tomatoes in the state of Denmark.

The movie skewers gun safety, drinking, and Christmas rituals --- while introducing something I've never heard of: Do people dress as characters in public Nativity scenes? Overall, I found the movie pleasant and mild. The actors are all charming, even the model girlfriend who actually does have a discrete character that isn't quite a cliché.

You can safely disregard any review by a Mel Gibson hater. Adam Carolla's co-host reported Mel saying some quite correct and positive things about the trend of holding abusers accountable, but then she couldn't resist what she called a "refresher" on Mel's past troubles. Those kinds of "refreshers" tend to leave out CONTEXT!!!! and also tend to omit the factor of alcoholism and bipolar disorder, two valid obstacles which I am pleased to see him overcome. He is quite funny in this. I hope he keeps acting (and directing).

There is a fun movie within a movie that is an interesting commentary on Hollywood taste. The movie had me laughing (albeit alone in an otherwise empty theatre) and pretty much smiling the rest of the time. I found it to be a notch better and funnier than the original. Will and Mark are a bit more grounded here. The one scene that didn't work for me as physical comedy was a snow blower catching a string of Christmas lights and pulling it dangerously around, only because it reminded me of a cable snapping in the Piranha remake and slicing someone. The possibility of serious injury was prolonged a few seconds too much. But most of the movie is about little mundane moments and conflicts people can rise above. The ending is Christmas Movie cheesy and that is okay with me.


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