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Very Bad Dads (2015)

Daddy's Home (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 December 2015 (USA)
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Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him, and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when their biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Holt
Dylan (as Owen Wilder Vaccaro)
Dr. Francisco
Jerry (Bully's Dad)
Dental Hygienist
Matthew Paul Martinez ...
Pete (Recording Engineer)
Panda Singer #1
Panda Singer #2
Riley Ann Corbin ...
Hello Kitty Girl


Stepfather Brad Whitaker is hoping for his stepchildren to love him and treat him like a dad. All is going well until the biological father, Dusty Mayron, shows up, then everything takes a toll. His stepchildren start putting him second and their father first, and now Dusty will have to learn that being a good dad is about pains and struggles. Brad will also experience once again what it's like to be a stepdad.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Very Bad Dads  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,740,203, 27 December 2015, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Slaughter and Will Ferrell appeared in Moi, député (2012). See more »


Indian motorcycles manufactured in Spirit Lake, Iowa, not Minneapolis, MN as stated in the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Brad Whitaker: [narrating] Here's a question for you. What do kids need more, a father or a dad? What's the difference? The way I see it, darn near anyone can be a father...
[video of copulating rhinos]
Brad Whitaker: ... but not everyone has the patience or the devotion to be a dad. As for me, I've always wanted to be a dad. Let me tell you, I love it! Yeah!
Brad Whitaker: And I love my Ford Flex. It treats me to a smooth ride, and you know what? It didn't break the bank. Room enough for the whole family.
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References The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) See more »


Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Written by Jay Z (as Shawn Carter) and Tim Mosley (as Timothy Mosley)
Performed by Jay Z
Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, L.L.C. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Step up Dad
12 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is actually pretty funny. It's not the most sophisticated comedy, but you should know that even before watching this. Mark Wahlberg showing off his perks ... I mean comedic talents again. Also his muscles yes (for those who care). There are quite a few jokes that go below the belt (even literally), but it's all kept pretty light, if you don't mind that direction in general.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have lots of fun, playing off each other and being "enemies". The ending kind of could be seen as a "things to come" kind of thing, which might ring true, with Part 2 already announced (though the movie as I know did not make that much business in Germany at least). Still you get what the box/cover promises after all, so why complain?

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