"Stepfather vs. Father"
What You Need To Know:
DADDY’S HOME has good production values and the acting is appropriate for a comedy such as this. The movie does have positive, entertaining moments where good values are promoted. However, they are far outweighed by the movie’s crass content and foul language. DADDY’S HOME could have been something truly uplifting that families could have enjoyed together. Sadly, media-wise families will want to pass on this vulgar comedy, hoping that Hollywood realizes moviegoers prefer cleaner live action comedies.
(PaPa, C, B, LLL, V, S, N, AA, MM) Generally pagan worldview with brief positive mention of Christianity, some elements of peacekeeping and forgiveness, but many more scenes of crass behavior and envy; at least 35 obscenities and three profanities; some violent slapstick comedy regarding motorcycles and skateboards, one man hits another man, a boy hits and kicks a girl, man gets very drunk and accidentally hits a cheerleader while throwing a basketball and then accidentally hits a child in a wheelchair with another basketball; crude discussion and sick jokes about adultery and male sex organs, including a scene in a doctor’s fertility clinic crudely comparing healthy and unhealthy male organs, but nothing is shown; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, some parental competition involving trying to buy love with expensive gifts.
DADDY’S HOME stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as a stepfather and biological father fighting to gain the love of their two children. What could have been a good family comedy about a conscientious stepfather having to deal with the reappearance of a derelict, but dynamic, dad devolves into yet another vulgar adult comedy, with plenty of foul language, crude comedy and drunken stupors.
Will Ferrell plays Brad, who works hard to gain the respect and affection of his two stepchildren, Megan and Dylan. Just as he begins to feel he’s making progress, he learns that Dusty (Mark Walberg), the children’s muscle-bound, motorcycle-riding father, is coming to town. Brad, relying on his “How To Be a Great Stepfather” manual, tries to befriend Dusty and show him respect.
The comedy in this set-up could have made for a movie more like the BEETHOVEN series, but it quickly devolves into a crass, vulgar contest involving sexual organs and bad language. Brad’s boss comes into the movie several times with sick stories about his wife’s adultery.
Finally, in frustration, Brad takes the family to a Los Angeles Lakers game, where he gets stone drunk and embarrasses himself and his family.
DADDY’S HOME does have high moments where good values are promoted, but they are far outweighed by the movie’s crass content and foul language. The production values are good and the acting appropriate for a comedy.
A cleaner version of this movie could do much better at the box office. As it is, however, DADDY’S HOME, which stars young children, is unfit for children, even though it could have been something families enjoyed together and could even have been truly uplifting.
In reality, many families actually face difficult issues regarding relationships between parents and stepparents. The best manual for dealing with this is the Bible. Jesus teaches us about grace, forgiveness and patience. It can be a huge challenge, but God can help.