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To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns catholicnews. Though this follow-up to Brad pokes kurt comedy about the blending pains of a post-divorce family is mostly harmless, late scenes mix lame holiday-themed sentimentality with weirdly uncomfortable humor concerning a preteen boy's emerging sexuality.
Returning director and co-writer Sean Anders' film should, accordingly, be considered strictly off-limits for young viewers. Before straying into such dubious territory, Anders -- with an eye, no Brad pokes kurt, to someone's idea of a laugh riot -- busies himself finding outlandish mishaps for Will Ferrell to undergo. Ferrell once again plays Brad Whitaker, the timid stepfather whose rivalry with his children's he-man biological dad, Dusty Mayron Mark Wahlbergfueled the first movie.
Brad and Dusty have achieved a fragile harmony. But their detente is endangered by the arrival for a Christmas visit of their own temperamentally contrasting fathers: Brad's sensitive pa, retired mail carrier Don John Lithgowand Dusty's trouble-loving, womanizing ex-astronaut sire, Kurt Mel Gibson.
Kurt verbally pokes and prods Dusty, constantly implying that his association with Brad is undermining both his status as a parent and his masculinity. One of Brad pokes kurt quarrels he manages to provoke erupts during the clan's stint as figures in their town's tableau-style Nativity scene. Anders and his script collaborator, John Morris, manage to steer clear of anything overly irreverent.
Even so, this particular gambit may not sit well with many viewers of faith. However, we're soon back to watching Brad get tossed around, knocked off his feet and slammed into walls.
Though wife Sarah Linda Cardellini and kids Megan Scarlett Estevez and Dylan Owen Vaccaro are usually kept in the background, Dylan's discovery of girls is a recurring joke, one that eventually sends "Daddy's Home 2" in an unexpectedly distasteful direction.
Suffice it to say that, in a bid for a surprise Brad pokes kurt, the screenplay momentarily flirts with a vague form of incest.
Subsequently, as the movie shows us just how successfully the year-old has overcome his innate shyness, with the camera panning a long line of girls awaiting their chance to kiss Dylan under the mistletoe, from within their ranks the face of a boy pops out, beaming with anticipation. The film contains much sexual Brad pokes kurt, including a sight gag about homosexuality, a few mild oaths, occasional crude and frequent crass language and an obscene gesture.
Some material may be inappropriate for children under Silly slapstick predominates in Brad pokes kurt follow-up to the comedy about the blending pains of a post-divorce family. As the stepfather Will Ferrell and biological dad Mark Wahlberg whose rivalry fueled the first outing try to preserve the fragile harmony they've achieved during a Christmas visit by their own temperamentally contrasting fathers sensitive John Lithgow and trouble-loving womanizer Mel Gibsonreturning director and co-writer Sean Anders busies himself finding outlandish mishaps for Ferrell's character to undergo.
Although the film is mostly harmless, late scenes mix Brad pokes kurt holiday-themed sentimentality with weirdly uncomfortable attempts to wring laughs from one shared child's Owen Vaccaro emerging sexuality, putting this strictly off-limits for young viewers.
Much sexual humor, including a sight gag about homosexuality, a few mild oaths, occasional crude and frequent crass language, an obscene gesture. News content accessible to CNS Subscribers.