Holly on Hollywood
“Daddy’s Home 2”
by Holly McClure
“DADDY’S HOME 2” is the sequel to the hit comedy “Daddy’s Home“, about dads Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell). Dusty and Brad are proud co-dads, who share everything with their kids – including Christmas. But this year the two get surprise visits from their dads: Dusty’s tough-guy father, Kurt (Mel Gibson), and Brad’s overly-sweet dad (John Lithgow). The extended family goes to a mountain rental house for a week, where chaos ensues as they all strive to get along or risk ruining Christmas for everyone.
The PG-13 comedy has mature themes, crude humor and behavior, language and comedic violence. The holiday-themed comedy looks like a family-friendly movie for all ages but it’s not – there’s an abundance of crude jokes, mature dialogue, sexual innuendoes and themes about divorce and parenting. Dusty’s dad is a womanizer and who was barley involved in his life, Brad’s dad is overly loving but has marital problems of his own, a boy is teased by his sisters about liking a girl that ends with him kissing several girls, two young girls get drunk on spiked eggnog (which is played as comedy) and a young girl accidentally shoots her grandfather in the shoulder before shooting wild turkeys. Since this is a movie about fatherhood, the focus is on the male characters who are portrayed from weak to tough – female characters are barely developed or explored. The subject of divorce and the role step-parents play is discussed in several different scenes – some in a comedic way and a few that are more sad than funny. Let’s face it – divorce isn’t funny. Although “Daddy’s Home 2” is a comedy that depicts different kinds of men/fathers, some scenes and dialogue may bother children of divorce. Although Wahlberg and Ferrell are a great comedy duo, I wouldn’t call this insensitive comedy, a family-friendly holiday movie.
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~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
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