It’s DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday, which means Film Critic Tony Toscano joined GMU with the latest reviews! Today he chose ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ and ‘Same Kind of Different As Me.’
Daddy’s Home 2
In the sequel to “Daddy’s Home,” both Brad and Dusty’s father’s come home for Christmas.
At the center of “Daddy’s Home 2,” is the different ways of raising children represented by the two visiting dads, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.
Gibson is the tough as nails kind of dad, who believes in letting kids make mistakes and allowing them to become self sufficient and self reliant.
Lithgow is the opposite kind of dad, who over involves himself in every aspect of his kid’s life.
“Daddy’s Home 2” is a comedy about extremes and actually offers up a few good laughs and some sweet moments.
It gets a B and is rated PG-13.
Same Kind of Different as Me
International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
“Same Kind of Different as Me” is a faith-based film trying much too hard to pull at your heartstrings. The story is a bit too contrived and too preachy to really be enjoyed fully.
That’s not to say its not watchable or unenjoyable, but the film never let’s you forget you’re watching it and uses every chance it has to make some kind of moralistic point.
Even though the film tries to offer up a feel-good experience, it ends up a bit to saccharine and schmaltzy.
Otherwise it gets a C and is rated PG-13.
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