The film, which casts The Other Guys (2010) co-stars as rivals, finds Will Ferrell as a mild-mannered radio executive who has comfortably settled into life as a step-dad with wife Linda Cardellini and her two kids. But his world is upended when the children's deadbeat father Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) appears back in their lives, bringing abs, gifts and the sort of powerful bond only a real father can apparently offer, even if he hasn't exactly in the running for Dad Of The Year.
Ferrell, naturally threatened by this interloper, becomes competitive, and a war begins for the hearts of the kids and Cardellini that encompasses tree houses, ponies, motorbikes and even a dunk contest at a local basketball game. Suffice to say, it doesn't seem to be going well for Ferrell. The pair has an easy comic chemistry, and Wahlberg's clearly having fun playing up the bad boy dad.
With Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) duo Sean Anders and John Morris behind the camera and Brian Burns (Blue Bloods) on script duty, Daddy's Home also features Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Paul Scheer (Piranha 3D), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors) and Alessandra Ambrosio.
Daddy's Home arrives in the UK on 25 December.