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Daddy's Home is a 2015 comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Brad (Ferrell) is the stepfather to two kids who, just as they start to warm up to their stepfather, has to deal with their actual father, Dusty (Wahlberg), who decides to visit the children for the first time in a while.
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A sequel, Daddy's Home 2, came out in 2017, in which the two decide to spend Christmas together so that their kids won't have to switch houses during the holidays, while also dealing with their respective fathers (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson).

The first film includes examples of:

  • Always Someone Better: Brad sees this in Dusty, though Dusty also sees this in Brad, who is much more involved in his step kids lives than he is.
    • After Dusty gets a new wife, Sara sees this in her, while Dusty sees this in his stepdaughter's father, Roger.
  • Amusing Injuries: Brad suffers a number of these, particularly when he tries to operate Dusty's motorcycle and skateboard on the skateboarding ramp Dusty had built for the kids.
  • Betty and Veronica: Brad (the Betty) competes with the ex-husband Dusty (the Veronica) over their respective love interest Sarah (the Archie).
  • Brick Joke:
    • When Brad sees Dusty at the airport, he asks if that's him, and Dusty just walks past him and says no. When Dusty and Brad meet Roger, the father of Dusty's stepdaughter, Dusty says, "you must be Roger", and Roger just walks past them and says "no".
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    • When Dylan is being bullied at school, Brad suggests starting a dance battle instead of fighting. Sara and Dusty scoff at this. When a girl's dad picks a fight with Dusty, he decides to do just that to avoid setting a bad example.
  • Disappeared Dad: Implied to have been the case before the events of the movie. He suddenly calls and comes back into his kids lives after finding out that their mother remarried.
  • Disneyland Dad: When Dusty comes home, Brad tries to show that he's responsible by showing that he drops off and picks up the kids from school, and leading several activities. Dusty gives the kids a dog, and builds them a skate park in the backyard, and generally giving them what they want while allowing Brad to make a fool of himself.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dusty is so attractive that even the guy standing next to the awestruck Brad smiles and nods.
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  • Exiled to the Couch: After Brad spends their life's savings buying the kids presents including court-side tickets to a Lakers game, which end in Brad getting drunk and humiliating Sara and the kids on national TV, Dusty tries to make a move on Sara, to which she rebuffs and tells him to stay out of the house, since she surmised that messing with Brad's mind is what led to that night's incident. She also kicks out Griff, and he and Dusty decide to share a motel room.
  • Fanservice: Dusty's first introduction in the airport set to N.E.R.D's "Lapdance".
    • Dusty walking shirtless in the house helping Brad.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Dusty initially wanted to get his family back by breaking Brad and Sara up, by means of manipulating the former. He accomplishes this, but Sara refuses to take him back and life in the suburbs soon takes its toll on him, and Dusty realizes Brad is the perfect fit for his family and becomes downright supportive of him.
  • Love Triangle:Brad/Sarah/Dusty. Also at the end, Dusty/Karen/Roger.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dusty spends half of the movie making Brad a paranoid mess by railroading him.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Brad is sometimes accused of being racist over his attitudes towards Griff, a black man who was hired and then fired (under Dusty's recommendation that they do the work themselves) but whom Dusty quickly befriends and then has stay with the family.
  • Older Than They Look: The very old-looking dog that Dusty gets Brad to adopt for the family turns out to only be five years old.
    • Dusty's new wife Karen is the same age as Sara but looks younger.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Brad makes complete fool of himself and humiliates Sara and the kids after he got drunk at the Lakers game that he spent their lives savings on (which resulted in Sara kicking him out), Dusty promises Sara he'll be more proactive in his kids' lives and to not run off anymore. After getting rid of his motorcycle, and buying a Ford Mustang to take the kids to and from school, Dusty decides that being a dedicated father is too constricting for his care-free lifestyle, and decides to go to the airport to get away from a life of domesticity.
  • The Reveal: Turns out that the bully who has been picking on Dylan is a girl.
  • Scout-Out: Meagan is a member of the Ranger Girls, which Brad is a leader for.

The second film provides examples of:

  • All Part of the Show: When volunteering to be part of an improv performance, Don breaks down on-stage because the scene reminds him of his own divorce in real life; the audience thinks it's part of the show. Even Brad joining in (responding to the revelation about the divorce) is mistaken as part of the scene, to the point where an improver tries putting their arms around him Note .
    Brad: Stop doing that to me! I'm a paying customer!
  • Big "NO!": Adrianna after she loses wifi after the dads mistakenly chop down a wifi tower.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Adult Griff from the first film not only doesn't appear, but isn't even mentioned, even though the families had apparently gotten close enough to him that Brad and Sarah named their baby after him.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: During the climax, Dylan gets a bunch of girs in a line to kiss him...including a boy.
  • Foreshadowing: The first time Sara sees Karen writing in a note pad, she nervously asks if she's writing down ideas for a book, but throughout the movie she keeps seeing Karen do this when doing certain things, thinking she's writing down her bad points. It turns out that she was writing about her because she wanted to base a character in a book on her.
    • When Dylan is extremely nervous about kissing the girl he likes, quoting "I don't know. It's not right..." Turns out it's because he has a crush on his stepsister Adrianna who picks on him.
  • Generation Xerox: Brad and Dusty's respective fathers take their traits Up to Eleven. Don Whitaker is just as dorky and over-protective as Brad, if not more. Kurt, on the other hand, is a textbook alpha male as well as a serial philanderer.
  • Insistent Terminology: After Roger overreacts to Dylan kissing his sister Adrianna, Sara corrects him by saying she's his stepsister, though also says that's still not right.
  • Not Blood Siblings / Brother–Sister Incest: Dylan finally kisses the girl he likes under the mistletoe who is revealed to be his stepsister Adrianna and the families completely freak out about it.
  • Running Gag: Sara seeing Karen writing down notes whenever she does things, and thinks she's writing bad things about her. As it turns out, she was working on a book, and she was writing down Sara's personality traits to base a character on.
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