Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Rating: 6.0/10 (32,838 votes)
Director: Sean Anders
Writer: Sean Anders, John Morris, Brian Burns (characters)
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow
Runtime: 100 min
Released: 10 Nov 2017
Plot: Having finally gotten used to each other's existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
After finally becoming friends at the end of the first film, Brad Whittaker and Dusty Mayron have a co-dad system where their two children, Megan and Dylan, take turns at each father’s house. Dusty has also remarried, this time to Karen, a writer, and is stepdad to Adrianna, Karen’s daughter.
Brad and his wife, Sara, along with Dusty and Karen, attend a school play for Megan, where she announces to the whole audience that she doesn’t like the fact that she has to go back and forth to different houses all the time. Back at the house, after the play, Brad and Dusty decide to do away with having two separate Christmases and instead do one “together Christmas”. Dusty, however, finds out his tough fighter pilot/astronaut father Kurt (Mel Gibson) is coming for Christmas.
At the airport the next day, Dusty tells Brad that his father is going to make fun of them since he won’t understand their co-dad arrangement. When Kurt arrives, he mistakes Brad for a chauffeur. When Dusty explains that Brad is the stepdad to his children, Kurt doesn’t like it. Brad’s overbearing and over-cheerful dad, Don (John Lithgow), arrives next, unnerving Kurt. Don tells Brad that his mother didn’t come along, because she is taking care of Brad’s Uncle who isn’t feeling well.
Back at the house, Megan and Dylan warmly embrace Don, since he is very present in their lives, while Kurt hasn’t seen the children since they were toddlers. Through jealousy of the affection the children show to Don, Kurt rents a large cabin through Airbnb, to house all of them through the holiday week. As Brad and Dusty pack the bags into the car, Dusty tells Brad that Kurt thinks the two men are harboring bad feelings for each other, but are just hiding it from everyone by pretending to be friends. When Kurt walks to the car, they change the subject.
Throughout the week, Brad and Dusty’s co-dad relationship is put to the test by Kurt’s meddling. It is revealed that Kurt has never really had a good father-son relationship with Dusty either. Dusty gets angry, and Brad tells him to set a good example for his children, and the only person who could ruin the vacation for him was himself. Meanwhile, Dusty tries to get close to his stepdaughter, Adrianna, but she doesn’t like him and repeatedly tells him that he isn’t her father. Sara also tries to bond with Karen but is taken aback by some of Karen’s actions, like shoplifting clothes from a store. Dylan develops a crush on a little girl staying in the cabin next door. Brad gives him some “advice” but it only made Dylan more afraid. He gets made fun of by Megan and Adrianna. Finding the trees to small in a farm they illegally went onto private property to cut one down. Brad mistakes a power line for a tree, and is electrocuted. The men come home with a $20,000 tree.
The next day, the entire family goes bowling, And Dylan throws a fit after his ball keeps getting stuck in the gutter. Grandpa Kurt motivates him, and the entire bowling arena cheers as Dylan knocks down a single pin. After bowling, the family goes out to take the kids to see Santa. While there, Kurt convinces Dylan to ask Santa for a shotgun, which he does ask for. Don tells Dylan that a shotgun for hunting means that a poor innocent animal will lose its life. This convinces Dylan to change his mind, but when it is Megan turn to ask for something, she decides she wants to go hunting after hearing Grandpa Kurt saying that women can’t shoot. While out hunting the next day, Megan accidentally shoots Kurt in the shoulder, sending him to the hospital. While Kurt’s disablement, she managed to shoot two turkeys to Grandpa Kurt’s surprise. When day ends, Brad is outside clearing snow. Sara comes outside and asks about Brad’s dad’s relationship with his mom. Brad is confused and tells her they love each other more than his dad loves him. While he is talking to Sara, his snow plowed reels in Christmas lights, which drops onto Dusty’s car.
At the hospital, Dusty and Kurt begin to bond after they almost begin fighting when Kurt tries to leave the hospital. That night, Brad, Dusty, Don & Kurt go to an improv comedy club where the four men are relaxing and having a good time watching the show. Kurt gets up to go get another drink at the bar. Dusty sees Kurt picking up a woman at the bar and leaves with her. Brad enters Don into the improv show, and Dusty chooses a topic of a husband confronting his cheating wife as the subject of an improv skit. As the skit progresses, it is revealed that Don has separated from his wife in real life. The audience believes that this is all part of the show, even when Brad tries to tell the audience that it is not.
The next day, Brad confronts Dusty. After Dusty reveals that he chose the infidelity subject for the improv game because he wanted to get back at Brad, because of how Brad has a good relationship with Don. Inside Sara comforts Don about his divorce in front of an eggnog bowl. When they leave, Meagan and Adrianna fill cups of alcoholic eggnog to drink. Brad says he knows that is why Dusty chose that particular topic and to get back at Dusty; Brad has invited Adrianna’s real dad, Roger, to the cabin for Christmas.
That evening, the entire family takes part in a Christmas manger representation. Brad gets into a fight with Dusty after Brad wants to play Joseph, which Dusty is currently playing. When Megan begins to swear, and Adrianna fell from being drunk the crowd breaks up. Instead of Dusty fighting Brad, he almost comes to blows with Roger.
The next morning, Christmas Day, the families all pack up to leave. On their way out of town, the families are forced back to town on account of a blizzard. They are forced to take shelter at a movie theater. With every other movie being sold out, due to the huge influx of business from other families seeking shelter at the theater, both families go to see the last movie available: Missile Tow, a fictitious Liam Neeson holiday action film.
When the power cuts off during the movie, the families go to the lobby where each man confronts their father about the secrets, lies, and attitudes. Don confronts Brad about not telling him the truth about his divorce, while Dusty tries to talk to Kurt. When Dylan sees the girl he has a crush on, is also there at the theater, he is teased again by Megan and Adrianna. After remembering some advice given to him by Kurt, Dylan walks toward her to kiss her. All of a sudden, he doesn’t kiss her, but instead kisses Adrianna, his stepsister. Roger gets freaked out and attempts to leave with Adrianna, but is confronted by Dusty. He deduces that the reason why Adrianna hasn’t warmed up to him is that he has never told her that he loves her, which he does. He also tells Roger that loving Adrianna means loving her real father as well since he is also part of the family. Roger almost leaves without Adrianna, but has a change of heart after everyone breaks out into a song of Do They Know It’s Christmas? and decides to stay. Don and Brad also reconcile.
Sometime later, at the airport, Don and Kurt are preparing to leave to head back to their respective homes. Kurt heads with Don up the terminal escalators, where he reveals to Don that he switched out the tickets and they’re going to spend New Years in Las Vegas.
As Brad’s mom’s flight arrives, Dusty and Brad discover that Brad’s new stepdad is Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight. Brad and Dusty remember that they watched the film “Sully” together not too long ago and Brad appears to be welcoming towards him. Brad runs down the terminal and says that Sully will never replace his father, because Sully has only one great personal story, whereas his father has thousands of stories.