Mild-mannered radio executive Brad (Will Ferrell) struggles to be a good stepfather to his wife Sara’s (Linda Cardellini) two children, Megan and Dylan, and is seemingly impotent after an accident to his testicles some years ago. The children begin to grow closer to Brad, with Dylan confiding in him that he is being picked on at school and Megan asking him to take her to a father/daughter dance at her school. One night, the kids biological father Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) calls, and discovers that Sara has remarried. He subsequently and suddenly announces he will be visiting the next day. Sara is hesitant about her former husband being in their home, but Brad convinces her that it is important for the kids that their father and stepfather establish boundaries with each other.
When Dusty arrives, Brad is immediately intimidated by his more attractive and muscular appearance, and how he easily gets along with Megan and Dylan – however, Dusty continually charms Brad into letting him stay, despite Sara protesting about the kind of man that Dusty really is. Brad soon wises up when it becomes clear that Dusty intends to drive Brad out of his kids’ lives and reconcile with Sara. After multiple instances of Dusty showing Brad up – including getting the kids a dog, finishing a treehouse that Brad wanted to build with Dylan, and attempting to drive a wedge between Brad and Sara by taking them to a fertility doctor (Bobby Cannavale), hoping that Brad’s inability to give Sara a baby will send her into Dusty’s arms, the two men appear to reach an understanding after working together to teach Dylan how to defend himself. Additionally, Brad and Sara are overjoyed to learn that Brad’s sperm count has increased significantly (implied to be a result of Dusty “invading his territory”), giving them hope of having a child together.
Daddy’s Home is an American comedy film directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, and written by Brian Burns. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Linda Cardellini. Principal photography began on November 17, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will mark the second collaboration between Wahlberg and Ferrell, following the 2010 action-comedy film The Other Guys. The film waz scheduled to be released on December 25, 2015, by Paramount Pictures.
Directed by: Sean Anders
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Alessandra Ambrosio, Paul Scheer, Hannibal Buress
Screenplay by: Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris
Cinematography by: Julio Macat
Production Design by: Clayton Hartley
Cinematography by: Julio Macat
Film Editing by: Eric Kissack
Set Decoration by: Jan Pascale
Music by: Michael Andrews
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2015
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