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Daddy's Home

by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 05:00 pm

There are some things in this world that should really shake your faith in humanity. For example, the fact that “Daddy’s Home 2” received a rating of 16 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and is what critics are calling “problematic” and “possibly the worst Hollywood film of the year” shows that true humor is a lost art nowadays. Though a family movie, some parts are crude, but those who targeted the “offensiveness” of the film in their lies of bad reviews need to get over themselves and watch the film again, because clearly, they missed some very important key messages in the movie.

The number one problem critics had with “Daddy’s Home 2” was Mel Gibson’s character, Kurt, whose cool demeanor and ability to get women half his age made him an absent father to Mark Wahlberg’s character, Dusty, growing up. Throughout the movie, he constantly taunts and insults his son for working alongside his biological children’s step-father, Brad, played by Will Ferrell and turning soft. Getting in their minds about who the real man is, Kurt puts a strain on Dusty and Brad’s perfect co-dad relationship. In response to the visit, they decide to have one big Christmas with Kurt, Dusty, his wife and his step-daughter, and Brad, his father, his wife, Sara, his step-children and his biological child. At some point, John Cena, Dusty’s step-daughter’s father, comes in and blows audiences away with his part in “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time”, and sent shivers down their spines.

Besides belittling his son for being a good father, critics also complained about the sexist remarks he makes in the film. He’s shown multiple times going off with young women, only to never see them again, and talks proudly to everyone, including his grandchildren, the types of women he’s been with. He tells his granddaughter she can’t handle a gun because she’s a girl and girls “cook what men kill.” This remark leads to him getting shot. However, what more is there to say than: it’s just his character, and, if you watch the film, you see he gets better. He learns to be not just a better father and grandfather, but also a better person. Not to mention, Kurt was probably the funniest character (but not the best; that title is reserved for any Mark Wahlberg character in any movie).

The only complaint I have about the movie is the lack of Griff, the laid-back carpenter from the first “Daddy’s Home”. Griff brought something to the screen not many characters these days do — pure delight.

Though not as good as the first movie, “Daddy’s Home 2” has much more laugh out loud humor. Besides the recurring jokes from the first movie, it was original, heart-warming and sometimes just out-of-place. Especially the very ending, when, SPOILER ALERT, Mel Gibson full-on makes out with Mark Wahlberg.   

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