Daddy’s Home – available now on Virgin Movies | Virgin Media
Daddy’s Home – available now on Virgin Movies

Daddy’s Home – available now on Virgin Movies

03/05/2016Movies

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Brace yourself for the ultimate daddy showdown – it’s Will Ferrell in the red corner, Mark Wahlberg in the blue corner and the gloves are coming off. Will Ferrell plays Brad, a reliable, sensible family man devoted to his wife Sara (Linda Cardellini) and his two step kids. Their domestic bliss is rudely interrupted when the kids’ dad Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) rocks up and muscles in.

Dusty is cooler, fitter, better looking and more exciting than Brad and the kids worship him. But Brad has no intention of stepping aside – this means war. In a bid to win daddy points, Brad and Dusty launch an all-out battle with elaborate gifts, extravagant gestures and show-off stunts as their weapons of choice. There’s only room for one daddy in this house…

Ferrell and Wahlberg are a match made in comedy heaven as they pull out all the stops to win the affection of the kids in an increasingly over the top game of one-upmanship. Whoever your money is on, you’ll have a great time watching the chaos unfold.

The film has a lot of heart too, with touching moments between all the madcap silliness that Ferrell excels in. He’s one of Hollywood’s finest comedians and this film lets him do what he does best. He’s a hilarious goofball and it’s impossible to keep a straight face when he’s on screen. It’s worth watching for Ferrell’s spectacularly excruciating basketball scene alone.

Daddy’s Home is perfect Saturday night viewing, with the gags coming thick and fast, you’re in safe hands with Ferrell and Wahlberg who have perfect comedic chemistry. The humour is gloriously juvenile – expect gross-out antics, toilet humour and slapstick daftness. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are clearly having great fun with this film and it’s infectious, resistance is futile.

Daddy’s Home trivia

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell previously co-starred in comedy The Other Guys together.

The role played by Mark Wahlberg almost went to Vince Vaughn.

Ferrell’s character, Brad Whitaker, shares a name with the Bond villain (played by Joe Don Baker) in The Living Daylights.

The scene at the basketball game was recorded live during halftime at a real match. Footage of the filming quickly appeared online, recorded by people in the crowd.

Wahlberg and Ferrell are set to team up again for a sequel, Daddy’s Home 2.

Before becoming an actor, Mark Wahlberg was better known as rapper Marky Mark, while his older brother Donnie was a member of boyband New Kids on the Block.

Mark Wahlberg was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.

Will Ferrell is part of a group of comic actors dubbed ‘The Frat Pack’, which includes Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson.

Watch Daddy’s Home online here, or via your Virgin Media set top box. Press Home on your remote, then On Demand > Movies.

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