Daddy's Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children. But complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures have released the new trailer for this raucous comedy. The movie opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, December 25.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reunite for their second comedy, following the hit The Other Guys. This time out, they are not reluctant partners on the police force. The two competing dads suddenly find themselves in a heated competition for affection. One brings home a dog, the other brings home a pony. And this war only escalates from there. Sean Anders and John Morris co-direct this surefire hit, which also features an all-star ensemble of comedy greats including Linda Cardellini as the mom, Paul Scheer, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress and Alessandra Ambrosio.
Sean Anders made his Hollywood debut with the hit comedy Sex Drive in 2008. Four years later, he returned with the father-son comedy That's My Boy, which starred Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. And last year he directed the sequel Horrible Bosses 2. As That's My Boy proved, the filmmaker has a real flare for finding the humor in broken families. Following Daddy's Home, he will then tackle the subject of motherhood in Mean Moms starring Jennifer Aniston. The comedy follows a happily married mother of two who moves from small town America to the high class suburbs and is suddenly faced with confronting the cut throat world of competitive parenting.
While Mark Wahlberg is first and foremost known for his dramatic chops, he has proven that he can handle his fare share of laughs. And in some comedies, he's even stolen the show. The 2004 dramaedy I Heart Huckabees first allowed the former pop star to show what he could do with a few well-placed punchlines. But it wasn't until he appeared opposite Will Ferrell in 2010's The Other Guys that he proved he could headline an honest to God comedy. From there, he was propelled into the box office smash Ted, which arrived in 2012. He then showed up in the sequel Ted 2 this past summer. But Daddy's Home may just be his funniest turn on screen yet (only if we're not counting The Happening).
Daddy's Home opens on Christmas Day, and may be a break out hit despite the fact that December 25 is going to be quite crowded at the box office. While the film arrives just one week after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, audience may be looking for a good comedy on the holidays. And this is only one of two, arriving alongside Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Sisters, which also opens one week earlier. Also opening on December 18 is the sequel Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Opening on Christmas Day in direct competition with Daddy's Home is Will Smith's NFL football injure drama Concussion, Quentin Tarantino's new Western The Hateful Eight, which opens in 70mm limited release throughout the country in at least 50 theaters, Jennifer Lawrence's Miracle Mop biopic Joy, the Point Break remake and The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio. As you can see, that's a lot of heavy, Oscar-pinning fare. Daddy's Home might just crawl to the top of the heap, as most folks are searching for a fun outing on Christmas Day.