The original theatrical poster

Daddy's Home 2 (titled onscreen as Daddy's Home TWO) is a 2017 American Christmas comedy movie, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris, based on characters created by Brian Burns. It is a sequel to the non-Christmas film Daddy's Home. Unlike its predecessor, Red Granite Pictures was not involved in the film's production, as it presented by Paramount Pictures and produced by Farrell's Gary Shantez prodco.

Principal photography on the film began in Massachusetts in March 2017. It was released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on November 10, 2017, received generally unfavorable reviews and has grossed $60 million worldwide.

Synopsis

After finally becoming friends at the end of the first Daddy's Home 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". As soon as Dusty announces the news to the kids, the phone rings. Dylan picks it up and announces it's Grandpa Kurt, Dusty's ex-astronaut, womanizing father. Kurt tells Dusty that he's coming for Christmas and is coming into the airport in the morning. Brad tells Dusty that his parents are also supposed to be coming for the holiday.

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 arrives next and proceeds to hug and kiss Brad on the lips, showing that they have a loving, but very unusual father/son relationship. This further unnerves Kurt. Don tells Brad that his mother didn't come along, because she wasn'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. After seeing Brad and Dusty trying to figure out where to spend Christmas Day at, since they are purposing opening presents at Brad's house and eating Christmas dinner at Dusty's house, 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 comes up, they change the subject. Seeing Dusty trying to get all of the suitcases into the trunk, Kurt tells Dusty that he's not going to be able to. Dusty tells Kurt that he is going to be able to. When Kurt walks away, Dusty does end up having trouble with getting all the bags in the car. To counter this, he takes one suitcase and throws it over a hedge, making room. At the cabin, Brad asks if anyone has seen his suitcase.

Throughout the week, Brad and Dusty's co-dad relationship is put to the test by Kurt's meddling. 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 also develops a crush on a little girl staying in the cabin next door. He gets made fun of it by Megan and Adrianna. Later, Dylan approaches Brad for advice on how to deal with girls. Brad tells Dylan that it would be better for Dylan to be that guy that his crush tells all her secrets to and that he should strive to be in the friend zone. Dusty and Kurt overhear this, and Dusty intervenes with his brand of advice. Dylan runs away, saying he would rather be in the friend zone with her.

Later, Brad, Dusty, Kurt, Don, Megan, and Dylan go searching for the perfect "Together Christmas tree." This leads to Brad, inadvertently, cutting down a cell phone tower with a chainsaw, electrocuting him and sending him flying through the air. Dusty ends up reviving Brad and bringing him back from the dead. Brad ends up being charged $20,000 for the destruction of the cell tower.

Brad ends up using the tower as a Christmas tree for the cabin. After lighting it up, Brad realizes that Don isn't there. He deduces that his father got separated while they were in the woods. Brad and Dusty go to find Don, which they do. They find Don, face down, being surrounded by a pack of grey wolves, which Dusty manages to scare away.

The next day, 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. Brad and Sara tell Dylan that a shotgun for hunting means that a poor innocent animal will lose its life. This convinces Dylan to change his mind, but Megan instead decides she wants to go hunting. While out hunting the next day, Megan accidentally shoots Kurt in the shoulder, sending him to the hospital.

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 (Brad's mother) in real life. Dusty tells Brad that he picked up on it through subtle hints that Don gave off throughout the movie. 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. 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. This breaks out in front of a crowd that is watching. Instead of Dusty fighting Brad, he almost comes to blows with Roger. Dusty makes a snowball and throws it at Roger, but accidentally hits Don instead. In retaliation, Brad makes an ice ball and threatens to throw it at Dusty, but chooses not to. Brad turns around and begins walking away. Don gets up as well and steps in front of Dusty, just as Brad changes his mind and throws the ice ball at Dusty, but Don, inadvertently, gets hit again. As Don gets back up and walks away, Roger throws a snowball he had in his hand away, which also coincidentally hits Don.

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 factitious 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 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. Seeing how close that Don & Brad are and want that same kind of relationship with his son, Kurt kisses Dusty on the lips. Afterwards, 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 they prepare for Brad's mom and her new husband's flight to arrive, Dusty prepares Brad. When she does arrive, both men discover that Brad's new stepdad, Sully, is 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. When Sully approaches him and asks if he is Brad, Brad says he is not (echoing what Dusty did to Brad in the first film). 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.

Songs

Title Performer(s)
"Give a Little Bit" Supertramp
"Silent Night" Stan Reynolds
"Jingle Bells" The Cast
"O Tännenbaum Todd Carlon
"Snow in L.A." Naz Tokio & Eric Zayne
"Thunderstruck" AC/DC
"It's a Miracle" Barry Manilow
"Jingle Bells" Gerhard Narholz
"Christmas Is Here Again"
"Christmas Wrapping" The Waitresses
"Open Arms" Journey
"Fine and Dandy"
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid
"Father Christmas" The Kinks
"Christmas Time"
"If You Leave Me Now"
  • Will Ferrell
  • Chicago
"The Only Gift I Need" Vivian Nouri
"O Tännenbaum" Henry Stuck
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" Foghat
"Mr. Pitiful" Matt Costa
"Reindeer Rock" The Sportsmen
"We Wish You a Swingin' Christmas" The Nostalgia Big Band Ensemble
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" The Craig Gildner Sextet
feat. Tony Liberto
"Turn Up" The Heavy
"Christmas in Hollis" RUN-DMC
"Little Sister" Richard Judd
"O Holy Night" SFC Beth Hough
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" Dropkick Murphys
"Little Drummer Boy" Pentatonix
"Good King Wenceslas" Pitch Stopped
"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" Angela McCluskey
"Do They Know It's Christmas" The Cast
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" John Parr
"Come and Get It" Eli 'Paperboy' Reed

Home media releases

Cast

Actor(s)/actress(es) Character(s)
Will Ferrell Brad Whitaker
Mark Wahlberg Dusty Mayron (adult)
Daniel DiMaggio Dusty Mayron (young)
Mel Gibson Kurt Mayron
John Lithgow Don Whitaker
Linda Cardellini Sara Whitaker
Alessandra Ambrosio Karen Mayron
Owen Wilder Vaccaro Dylan Mayron
Scarlett Estevez Megan
Didi Costine Adrianna
Connor, Daphne & Dylan Wise Griffy
John Cena Roger
Andrea Anders Principal Hayes
Kyle Tristan Wakefield Christmas pageant kid
Hector Presedo Pepe
Yamilah Saravong Casey
Matthew Delamater Gun Salesman
Yimmy Yim Yimmy
Bill Mootos Bill
Jose Gonsalves Security Guard
Alexis R. 'Naheem' Garcia Santa
John MacGregor
Kelly Dooley
Anne Krane
Matt Catanzano
Molly Schreiber
Vicki Hanes
Improv actors (Missile Tow)
Jonathan Angel Improv Audience Member
James 'JD' Donaruma Trooper
Jonathan Kobs Nativity Instigator
Oscar Wahlberg Roberto C. Fishman Pratt
Priscilla Manning Brad's Mom
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger Sully (Brad's Stepdad)
Tony V
Frankie Imbergamo (uncredited)
Ken Kansky (uncredited)
Antler Bowling Employees
Sylvia Barjolo Marlene
Hillary Olinger Ms. Pratt
Richard 'Trip' Case III Bowler kid
Allen Zwolle Lonely Guy at Theatre
Marisa Pazik Scotty Kimble's Mom
Uncredited
Weverton Alves
Kermens Atwd
Erika Belisle
Sophia Bellas
David Bookbinder
Ryan Burton
Angel Connell
Jerry DiLeo
Ray Dudley
Ivy Ebanks
Jody Ebling
Joseph Edwards
Dick Forde
Frankie Francois
Keli Grangroth
Ross Higgins
Mary Hronicek
Sasha Kuznetsova
James Leite
Patrick Lospennato
Jimmy Malcolm
Louise Mara
Jalesia Martinez
Mathuin
Lucas McEvoy
Terry Monfet
Kasey Murray
Joseph Oliveira
Arissa Page
Andre Pith
Kelly Pokrywka
Ralph Regine
Susan Singer
Stephen Trouskie
Peter Walsh
Mike Weiner
Amy Whalen
Moviegoers
Sean Anders Piano player in the Improv Club
Jorge Atehortua Bowler
Moviegoer
Ralph Ayala
Tierre Diaz
Elaine Grey
Glenn W. Kane
Dov Kling-Levine
Jim Powers
Parents
Kaden Barry Boy standing in Santa line
Susan Bergeron
Manny Famolare
Boutique Store Patron
Steve Bertorelli
Eliane Brick
Kevin Daigneault
Sunny Duane
Olivia Filleti
Ed Goode
Ian Hunt
Creighton Jones Jr.
Gwen MacKay
Tom Mariano
Airport Travelers
Jim Boyd Magi or Wiseman
Shayna Bredbeck Christina (Movie Theater Employee)
Thomas Brogan Airport Newsstand Cashier
Skylar Brunk Girl leading Santa line
Bill Burr Jerry
Ronald Cabral Hospital Guest
Camden Christmas Pageant Guest
Joanie Catalano Bartender
Meghan Chery Student
Al Cialella
Dean Littlefield
Max Ripley
Sheila Salaverry
Bowlers
Bo Cleary Chauffeur
Melinda Coady Waitress
Nahtoreya Coleman Twin
Xavier Dillingham Movie Theater Employee
Brendan Egan Moviegoer Kid
Kristen Ferraro Nightclub Patron
Steve Flynn Hunting Gear Customer
John Franchi Pedestrian
Susan Garibotto Lisa (Box Office Employee)
Anabel Graetz Woman in Airport
Jed Griswold Hunter
Shopper
Alin Halajian Airport Traveler
Moviegoer
Ian Hayes Gun Clerk
Benjamin Healy Dad in Crowd
Mark Hemphill Nightclub Patron
Moviegoer
Ryan Hester Snow Tuber
Lin Hultgren Still Photographer
Kerri Jackman Sweater Family Member
Charles Luise Christmas Concert Parent
Rob Lévesque Stressed Airport Traveler
Elle Matarazzo Flight Attendant
Lily McEvoy Moviegoer girl under mistletoe
Brendan Meehan
Bella Moore
Kids on Snow Tube
Adrian Mompoint Townsman
Steven Mulcahy Jr. Lodge Patron
Liam Neeson Himself
Lance Norris Hunter
Colton Osorio Little Boy
Jim Patton Judgemental Bowler
Anthony Pelton Airport Traveler
Rickland Powell Christmas Tree Lot Santa
Suzanne Prunty Townswoman
Logan Raposo Nightclub Patron
Bob Rochelle Skier
Bowler
Moviegoer
Dannielle Rose Christmas Pageant Guest
Teacher
Manajhjanihe Royalle Nightclub Patron
Moviegoer
Nicole Sarmiento 80's Band Member
John Sarnie Store Shopper
Scott Sederquist Paul (Movie Usher)
Sammy Silverwatch Little Drummer Boy
Chuck Slavin Original Joseph
Travis Starr Bowler
Moviegoer
David Struffolino Christmas Pageant Guest
Paul Tawczynski Cinnabon Customer
Carole Taylor Skier
Lodge Patron
Eric Wolf Holiday Shopper

External links

Paramount
Movies
Holiday InnWhite ChristmasYoung Sherlock HolmesA Very Brady ChristmasThe Kid Who Loved ChristmasAll I Want for Christmas
Television episodes
Happy Days and related shows "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" • "Richie Branches Out" • "Christmas Time" • "White Christmas" • "All I Want for Christmas" • "Oh Hear The Angels' Voices" • "O Come All Ye Bums" • "Christmas Show"
Cheers and Frasier "The Spy Who Came In for a Cold One" • "A House Is Not a Home" • "Christmas Cheers" • "Love Me, Love My Car" • "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street" • "Frasier Grinch" • "Perspectives on Christmas" • "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Mary Christmas" • "We Two Kings" • "High Holidays"
Other shows "The Voice of Christmas" • "A Full House for Christmas" • "Get Me Through the Holidays" • "A Christmas Story" • "A Keaton Christmas Carol" • "Miracle in Columbus" • "A Christmas Story" • "A Terminal Christmas" • "The Customer's Usually Right" • "Happy Holidays" • "Insanity Claus" • "Twas the Heist Before Christmas" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas" • "Have Yourself a Married Little Christmas" • "Here Comes Santa Claus" • "A Class Act Christmas" • "X-Mas" • "Everybody Hates Christmas" • "Christmas!" • "Everybody Hates Kris"
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