Mark Wahlberg

'Daddy's Home 2' hits and misses while dashing through the gags

'Daddy's Home 2' hits and misses while dashing through the gags

“Daddy's Home 2” just might have to meet “A Bad Moms Christmas” outside in the parking lot to rumble. Both films are seasonal romps about intergenerational love, acceptance and different parenting styles, but “Daddy's Home 2” gets the slight edge in this turf war. The surreal and silly sequel to the hit 2015 comedy skates by on the well-known but still-appealing comic personas of stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and their zany chemistry.

Co-writer and director Sean Anders returns to helm the family comedy, and like the moms in “Bad Moms Christmas,” “Daddy's Home 2” doubles down on the dads. While milquetoast sweetie stepdad Brad (Ferrell) managed to exert his sensitive,...

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