'Daddy's Home' Trailer: Dad vs. Step-Dad

To coincide with the upcoming 2015 Father's Day holiday, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy, Daddy’s Home.

Daddy's Home stars Ferrell as Brad, a buttoned-down type who wants nothing more than to be a good father. After marrying his new wife (Linda Cardellini, recently seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron), he vows to be the best dad he can be to her two young children. However, when the kids' flakey, biological father (Wahlberg) comes back into the picture, he and Brad begin a competition for their affections that, in true zany-comedy style, obviously does not go the nice guy’s way.

The Daddy's Home trailer shows Ferrell and Wahlberg vying for their kids’ love in every way possible, from bedtime bribery (“Hey, who wants twenty bucks?” asks Wahlberg’s character) to the ultimate trump card (Brad dresses up as Santa and gleefully announces that he’s bought the children a pony). And yes, there is also a glimpse of the scene where Brad drunkenly whips a basketball into the face of a New Orleans Pelicans cheerleader - giving context to those Vines of Ferrell hitting a cheerleader in the face with a basketball (as part of a planned stunt for the film).

Will Ferrell in Daddy's Home

This is the second team-up for Ferrell and Wahlberg, who played opposite one another in the 2010 buddy-cop action/comedy The Other Guys. Daddy's Home directors Sean Anders and John Morris have worked together on a slew of comedies as writers, including We’re the Millers, Hot Tub Time Machine, and She’s Out of My League. This film will serve as Morris' co-directorial debut, with Anders having previous called the shots on films like That's My Boy and Horrible Bosses 2, and is based on a script by Brian Burns (a TV writers who's worked on such series as Entourage and Blue Bloods).

The Daddy's Home trailer does illustrate the Dad vs. Step-Dad plot of the film, as well as the differences between Wahlberg and Ferrell’s characters, more than merely hitting joke after joke. Both Ferrell and Wahlberg can be funny, so it might be a good sign that the trailer doesn't feel the need to go overboard convincing us of just that. On the other hand, the credentials of the screenwriter and directors for this movie are either a signal of funny times ahead or a warning sign that this won't be you cup of (comedy) tea.


Daddy’s Home opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2015.

Source: Paramount Pictures

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