Daddy's Home 2

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Daddy's Home 2
Daddy's Home 2.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sean Anders
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Sean Anders
  • John Morris
Based on Characters
by Brian Burns
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Julio Macat
Edited by Brad Wilhite
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million[2]
Box office $180.6 million[3]

Daddy's Home 2 is a 2017 American Christmas comedy film directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. A sequel to Daddy's Home (2015), it stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson. The plot follows now reformed-fathers Brad and Dusty (Ferrell and Wahlberg), now co-parenting Dusty's kids, who have to deal with their own fathers (Lithgow and Gibson) visiting for the holidays.

Principal photography on the film began in Massachusetts in March 2017 and it was released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on November 10, 2017. Although the film received unfavorable reviews, it grossed over $180 million worldwide on a $70 million budget.


After finally becoming friends at the end of the first film, Brad Whittaker (Will Ferrell) and Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) have a co-dad system where their two children, Megan (Scarlett Estevez) and Dylan (Owen Vaccaro), take turns at each father's house. Dusty has also remarried, this time to Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio), a writer, and is stepdad to Adrianna (Didi Costine), Karen's daughter.

Brad and his wife, Sara (Linda Cardellini), along with Dusty and Karen, attend a school play for Megan, where she announces to the whole audience that she doesn't like the fact that she has to go back and forth to different houses all the time. Back at the house, after the play, Brad and Dusty decide to do away with having two separate Christmases and instead do one "together Christmas". Dusty, however, finds out his tough fighter pilot/astronaut father Kurt (Mel Gibson) is coming for Christmas.

At the airport the next day, Dusty tells Brad that his father is going to make fun of them since he won't understand their co-dad arrangement. When Kurt arrives, he mistakes Brad for a chauffeur. When Dusty explains that Brad is the stepdad to his children, Kurt doesn't like it. Brad's overbearing and over-cheerful dad, Don (John Lithgow), arrives next, unnerving Kurt. Don tells Brad that his mother didn't come along, because she is taking care of Brad's uncle who isn't feeling well.

Back at the house, Megan and Dylan warmly embrace Don, since he is very present in their lives, while Kurt hasn't seen the children since they were toddlers. Through jealousy of the affection the children show to Don, Kurt rents a large cabin through Airbnb, to house all of them through the holiday week. As Brad and Dusty pack the bags into the car, Dusty tells Brad that Kurt thinks the two men are harboring bad feelings for each other, but are just hiding it from everyone by pretending to be friends. When Kurt walks to the car, they change the subject.

Throughout the week, Brad and Dusty's co-dad relationship is put to the test by Kurt's meddling. It is revealed that Kurt has never really had a good father-son relationship with Dusty either. Dusty gets angry, and Brad tells him to set a good example for his children, and the only person who could ruin the vacation for him was him. Meanwhile, Dusty tries to get close to his stepdaughter, Adrianna, but she doesn't like him and repeatedly tells him that he isn't her father. Sara also tries to bond with Karen but is taken aback by some of Karen's actions, like shoplifting clothes from a store. Dylan develops a crush on a little girl staying in the cabin next door. Brad gives him some “advice”, and Dusty interjects when he finds out that Brad is having what looks like “the talk” with Dylan, when it had been agreed that Dusty would handle that. The contradictory mix of advice from Brad, Dusty and Kurt only makes Dylan more afraid. He gets made fun of by Megan and Adrianna. Finding the trees too small in a farm, they illegally go on to private property to cut one down. Brad mistakes a cell tower for a tree, and is electrocuted. The men bring the cell tower home and use it as a tree, after being charged $20,000 in damages for it. They realise that they forgot Don outside, who collapsed after getting lost while looking for a suitable tree. The other men find him and save him from a pack of wolves. While the group tends to Don at the cabin, Don says that he and his wife have been sleeping in separate rooms, but only because of his snoring.

The next day, the entire family goes bowling, and Dylan gets upset after his ball keeps getting stuck in the gutter. Grandpa Kurt motivates him, and the entire bowling alley cheers as Dylan knocks down a single pin. After bowling, the family goes out to take the kids to see Santa. While there, Kurt convinces Dylan to ask Santa for a shotgun, which he agrees to. Don tells Dylan that a shotgun for hunting means that a poor innocent animal will lose its life. This convinces Dylan to change his mind, but when it is Megan's turn to ask for something, she decides she wants to go hunting after hearing Grandpa Kurt saying that women can’t shoot. While out hunting the next day, Megan accidentally shoots Kurt in the shoulder, sending him to the hospital. While Kurt is disabled, she manages to shoot two turkeys, to Kurt’s surprise. When the day ends, Brad is outside clearing snow. Sara comes outside and asks about Don’s relationship with Brad's mom. Brad is confused and tells her they love each other more than his dad loves him (and more than he and Sara love each other, a statement that annoys Sara). While he is talking to Sara, his snow plow reels in Christmas lights, which drop onto Dusty’s car.

At the hospital, Dusty and Kurt begin to bond after they almost get into a fight when Kurt tries to leave the hospital. That night, Brad, Dusty, Don and Kurt go to an improv comedy club, where the four men are relaxing and having a good time watching the show. Kurt gets up to go get another drink at the bar. Dusty sees Kurt picking up a woman at the bar and leaving with her, which annoys Dusty. Brad enters Don into the improv show, and Dusty chooses a topic of a husband confronting his cheating wife as the subject of an improv skit, intentionally pulling at what he feels is a sore spot for Don. As the skit progresses, it is revealed that Don has separated from his wife in real life. The audience believes that this is all part of the show, even when Brad tries to tell the audience that it is not.

The next day, Brad confronts Dusty. Dusty reveals that he chose the infidelity subject for the improv game because he wanted to get back at Brad, because of how Brad has a good relationship with Don. Inside, Sara comforts Don about his divorce in front of an eggnog bowl. When they leave, Megan and Adrianna take cups of alcoholic eggnog to drink. Brad says he knows that is why Dusty chose that particular topic, and to get back at Dusty, Brad has invited Adrianna's real dad, Roger (John Cena), to the cabin for Christmas.

That evening, the entire family takes part in a Christmas manger representation. Brad gets into a fight with Dusty because he wants to play Joseph, which Dusty is currently playing. When Megan begins to swear, and Adrianna falls from being drunk, the crowd breaks up. Instead of Dusty fighting Brad, he almost comes to blows with Roger, and Don is repeatedly hit with ice-balls.

The next morning, Christmas Day, the families all pack up to leave. On their way out of town, the families are forced back to town on account of a blizzard. They are forced to take shelter at a movie theater. With every other movie being sold out, due to the huge influx of business from other families seeking shelter at the theater, both families go to see the last movie available: Missile Tow, a fictional holiday action comedy film starring Liam Neeson.

When the power cuts off during the movie, the families go to the lobby where each man confronts their father about the secrets, lies, and attitudes. Brad confronts Don about not telling him the truth about his divorce, while Dusty tries to talk to Kurt. When Dylan sees the girl he has a crush on is also there at the theater, he is teased again by Megan and Adrianna. After remembering some advice given to him by Kurt, Dylan walks toward her to kiss her. All of a sudden, he doesn't kiss her, but instead kisses Adrianna. Roger gets freaked out and attempts to leave with Adrianna, but is confronted by Dusty. He deduces that the reason why Adrianna hasn't warmed up to him is that he has never told her that he loves her, which he does. He also tells Roger that loving Adrianna means loving her real father as well since he is also part of the family. Roger almost leaves without Adrianna, but has a change of heart after everyone breaks out into a song of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and decides to stay. Don and Brad also reconcile.

Sometime later, at the airport, Don and Kurt are preparing to leave to head back to their respective homes. Kurt heads with Don up the terminal escalators, where he reveals to Don that he switched out the tickets and they're going to spend New Year's in Las Vegas.

As Brad's mom's flight arrives, Dusty and Brad discover that Brad's new stepdad is Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot of the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight. Brad and Dusty remember that they watched the film "Sully" together not too long ago, and Brad appears to be welcoming towards him. Brad runs down the terminal and says that Sully will never replace his father, because Sully has only one great personal story, whereas his father has thousands of stories.



In April 2016, the sequel was announced, with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reprising their roles, Sean Anders and John Morris writing the script, and Anders directing.[4] In January 2017, it was reported that Mel Gibson and John Lithgow were being sought to play the main characters' fathers in the film.[5] The two were later confirmed to star, along with Linda Cardellini, John Cena, Owen Vaccaro and Scarlett Estevez, reprising their roles.[6][7]


Principal photography began on March 20, 2017.[8] Scenes were filmed in Concord, Massachusetts, Framingham, Massachusetts, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


The film was released in the United States on November 10, 2017.[9]

Home media[edit]

Daddy's Home 2 was released on Digital HD on February 6, 2018, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 20, 2018.[10][11]


Box office[edit]

Daddy's Home 2 grossed $103.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $76.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $180.4 million, against a production budget of $69 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, Daddy's Home 2 opened alongside Murder on the Orient Express, and was projected to gross around $20 million from 3,575 theaters in its opening weekend.[12] The film made $10.7 million on its first day, including $1.5 million from Thursday night previews at 2,500 theaters, up from the $1.2 million made by the first film. It went on to debut to $29.7 million, finishing second at the box office, behind holdover Thor: Ragnarok ($57 million).[13] In its second weekend, the film made $14.4 million (a drop of 51.3%), finishing 4th behind Justice League, Wonder and Thor: Ragnarok.[14]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 19% based on 113 reviews, and an average rating of 3.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A formulaic comedy that's unlikely to spread much yuletide merriment, Daddy's Home 2 can only muster a few stray yuks from its talented cast."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 30 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[16] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.[13]

Alonso Duralde of TheWrap was critical of what he described as the film's sloppiness and laziness, saying, "Director Sean Anders and his co-writer John Morris execute what are supposed to be the laughs with blunt force. The jokes announce themselves with heavy footsteps, and almost none of them land, stranding a talented cast with terrible material that they’re straining to sell."[17] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 1 out of 4 stars, saying: "After enduring last week’s lousy and lazy A Bad Moms Christmas, I would have bet it would be many a year before we’d see another holiday comedy more sour and cynical and profoundly unfunny. I sit corrected."[18]

Glenn Kenny of gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars, writing, "I found the sequel better than the original—the writing sharper, the jokes fresher and smarter, the comic interaction between the lead characters consistently engaging. I mentioned this to my incredulous wife, who said, 'So you’re saying it's the Godfather, Part 2 of the Daddy’s Home series'."[19]


Year Award Category Subject Result Notes
Golden Raspberry Awards March 3, 2018 Worst Actor Mark Wahlberg Nominated [20]
Worst Supporting Actor Mel Gibson Won
Teen Choice Awards August 12, 2018 Choice Comedy Daddy's Home 2 Nominated [21]
Choice Comedy Actor Will Ferrell Nominated
Choice Comedy Actor Mark Wahlberg Nominated


In an interview, Mark Wahlberg mentioned that they would like to get Liam Neeson for the third installment of the film series[22][23].


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