When it comes to being the top Dad; the gloves really come off!
When a caring step father Brad Whitaker, trying desperately to get in touch with his step children, has his world turned up by a surprise visit from their biological father Dusty. What follows is a tale of nearly unbelievable one up-man-ship, as the two try to influence and impress their children. By the end, they might just learn the true meaning of family, if they don't kill each other first....
Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg team up for the first time since "The Other Guys" and once again bring uproariously laughter and fair amount of cringe worthy content to the big screen. Farrell is his usual comedic self, with the whacky facial expressions and dead pan delivery of some classic one liners. His portrayal of the desperate to be accepted "Brad Whitaker" is excellent, but at times does leave you wanting to shrink into your popcorn with embarrassment for his character. He plays the role with a feeling and sincerity which we haven't seen since "Frank the Tank" in the delightful "Old School" and it's a side of his talent which is very enjoyable to behold.
Mark Wahlberg seems to be coming up in absolutely everything at the moment and returns for the first time since his Bostonian drawl drew us all in, in "Ted 2". His portrayal of the muscle bound, hardly ever around, "Dusty Mayron" is heart felt and very enjoyable, showing a more sensitive side to his skills and his ability to work seamlessly with child actors. His initial bad-ass attitude, softens as the film goes on and by the end, he will be your favourite character.
Linda Cardellini takes on a very different role than her last outing in "Avengers - Age of Ultron" to take on the challenging task of the motherly "Sara", trying to hold together her new family while the two men in her life try their best to outdo each other. Young Scarlet Estevez brings the cute factor with her role as "Megan" while Owen Vaccaro does some superb work as the young "Dylan". The funniest character by far is "Leo Holt", played by the Mercurial Thomas Haden Church. His portrayal of a radio station manager will leave shaking you head in wonder, as story after inappropriate story rolls off his tongue.
Hannibal Duress, is a lovely surprise as "Griff" and fits in fantastically with both of the leads in this film, be sure to also keep an eye out for a cameo from WWE Superstar, John Cena.
This is a really enjoyable and heart warming film and one which most.....of the family will be able to relate to. You leave the cinema with a warm glow, but also with aching sides from having laughed too much. Well worth the price of admission!