Daddy’s Home has a pretty crummy title. Who’s the Daddy? would have suited it perfectly, with the sense of macho oneupmanship already built into the premise: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as duelling dads, one cool and biological, the other vastly embarrassing and a stepdad.
Roughly the same idea, with women, was done as a drama – 1998’s Stepmom, with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. But you can be guaranteed the approach with these stars, and Sex Drive’s Sean Anders in the director’s chair, is to take it a lot less seriously – basically to have Ferrell in his most flummoxed, ineffectual and resolutely lame mode as Not Mark Wahlberg.