Runtime: 96 minutes
Directed by: Sean Anders
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini
I’ve enjoyed many comedies starring Will Ferrell, (Elf, Step brothers, Blades of glory…), so I had high hopes for this film.
It is well made if a little obvious plot wise. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it. I just didn’t find it funny and it needs to be funny to make this a great film. It’s all about the funny. I’ll admit it did make me smile, but only a few times and, that isn’t good enough for a comedy. It just seemed to be missing something.
I was expecting lots of hilarious circumstances, but by the time we got to the ‘funny’ moments, they weren’t funny. It all just seemed a little awkward and to be honest. I was wincing and cringing at moments.
I found it unbelievable that children would really act like that so it took my enjoyment away from it.
I loved Wahlberg and Ferrell. They did excellent in the parts they had, but this isn’t a rememberable comedy or their best films.
The fifteen minutes was satisfying and does achieve a chuckle. Although, I don’t enjoy the whole narrating thing.
To sum up, Not funny, well made, not the best
Was it worth the watch? No, particularly not at the cinema
Would I re-watch? No
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