Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make a pretty great pair. The comedic duo turned the buddy-cop genre on its ear when Adam McKay cast them as The Other Guys. Now Ferrell looks to explore yet another abnormal family dynamic with Wahlberg for the amusing Daddy’s Home, which just dropped its first full trailer. Check it out!
Will Ferrell seems to get a lot of comedic inspiration from uncomfortable family relationships that often put him on the outside of a loving relationship, looking in. I wonder what that says about the comedian’s personal life? But I digress. Here, in Daddy’s Home, Will Ferell is playing a mild-mannered step-father who is trying his best to provide for his girlfriend’s children. Only, his plans of domestic bliss are disrupted when the kids’ real father (Mark Wahlberg) returns to the picture. What follows is an increasingly awkward battle of one-up-man-ship to earn (buy?) the love of two children.
So Daddy’s Home might be described as Step Brothers, only with Wahlberg in place of John C. Reilly. And that’s fine with us. When talking about the movie ahead of the trailer’s release on Yahoo, Ferrell actually connected Daddy’s Home to another comedy, at least in tone. He said:
This one is kind of in the zone of Meet the Parents in that it's pretty relatable in terms of the scenarios and relationships in it. The comedy still sometimes gets in the ceiling, though. But there are just so many families now that are not traditional families, that are blended families with stepparents and kids and trying to figure out that dynamic. So I think it'll be fun for people to see us comment on that dynamic."
Don’t say Blended, Will. That will remind people of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s misfire. And while I’ll defend Blended in mixed company, there’s no doubt audiences ran far away from it. Wahlberg, on the other end, couldn’t wait to collaborate with Ferrell again, saying:
Doing my first comedy was The Other Guys, other than that little bit I did in Date Night, and I always felt how much Will had my back and I was in good hands to risk trying anything. You don't have to worry about looking ridiculous because you know you're in good hands."
Daddy’s Home is directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, the duo who has collaborated over the years on the Horrible Bosses franchise and We’re the Millers (as writers and directors). The above trailer suggests that Daddy’s Home will deliver big laughs, so show it to dad on Father’s Day, then grab tickets to the comedy when it opens on December 25.