Daddy’s Home 2

MARK WAHLBERG and WILL FERRELL re­turn in a chaotic se­quel

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COM­EDY Sky Pre­miere HD, 12.20pm & 8pm Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as the dad-step­dad team who think they have put their war­ring ways be­hind them.

COM­EDY Fri­day, Sky Pre­miere HD, 12.20pm & 8pm

THE 2015 COM­EDY Daddy’s Home con­cocted lots of good-na­tured fun from the clash of a very wimpy Will Ferrell with a ma­cho Mark Wahlberg, spin­ning a raft of chuck­le­some slap­stick japes from Ferrell’s meek Brad Whi­taker tak­ing on the role of step­fa­ther to the two chil­dren of Wahlberg’s rugged Dusty May­ron, his new wife’s es­tranged ex.

This se­quel strives to dou­ble up on the mirth by in­tro­duc­ing a sec­ond pair of chalk-and-cheese fa­ther fig­ures – Brad’s even more mild-man­nered re­tired mail­man dad Don, played by John Lith­gow, and Dusty’s for­mer-as­tro­naut fa­ther Kurt, who is played with bristling al­pha-male swag­ger by Mel Gib­son.

The first film ended in har­mony with Brad and Dusty be­com­ing friendly co-dads, but the ar­rival of the mean and sar­cas­tic Kurt im­me­di­ately in­jects a note of dis­cord. Ap­palled that his son has be­come a ‘pro­gres­sive, sen­si­tive, child-first par­ent’, he’s ea­ger to stir things up be­tween Brad and Dusty. And he more than gets his chance when the en­tire blended fam­ily, in­clud­ing wives Sara

(Linda Cardellini) and Karen (Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model Alessandra Am­bro­sio), plus an as­sort­ment of kids, heads off to a New Eng­land cabin for the Christ­mas hol­i­day.

The en­su­ing va­ca­tion pro­vides more than am­ple op­por­tu­nity for slap­stick dis­as­ter, with Ferrell’s clumsy wuss tak­ing most of the prat­falls, whether fall­ing foul of a voice-ac­ti­vated shower or an out-of-con­trol snow­blower. His co-stars are also per­fectly cast, al­though some view­ers may feel that Gib­son’s Hol­ly­wood pariah sta­tus gives a lit­tle too much edge to his char­ac­ter.

Even so, he suc­ceeds in bring­ing just the right touch of sour­ness to off­set the pre­vail­ing sweet­ness, while Ferrell and Wahlberg’s comic chem­istry never fails to raise a smile. 2017, 12, 100min

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