Will Ferrell is having the time of his life in this enjoyable B movie (the opening logo is proof that it’s strictly a B production), playing Armando Alvarez, a Mexican rancher hot for the fiancee of his brother (Diego Luna) and trying to deal with a drug lord , played by Gael García Bernal. Yes Ferrell speaks Spanish in this one, but the whole movie isn’t meant to be taken seriously; it was shot in 24 days with a budget of $6 million. You see where I’m going. Fuck it. I don’t care. The movie may be silly, but it’s undeniably amusing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ferrell in such a role before, and surprisingly, he delivered his Spanish lines perfectly well (considering the spoof nature of the film). Add to the fun Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna (both gained notice for their roles in the 2001 film Y Tu Mamá También) who spoof their own cinematic history, and voila. Yet to be completely honest, “Casa de mi Padre” will probably not work for non Ferrell fans. What’s more, if you’re the kind who dislikes Mexican films or spoofs in general, I recommend you skip it. This is strictly a movie for Ferrell/SNL junkies, otherwise do not bother. But as far as I was concerned, the reward for sitting through this movie came from watching Ferrell and Bernal go crazy. I guess that’s close enough to recommend “Casa de mi Padre”…despite its flaws. See for yourself.
Categories: 2.5/4, comedy, The Twenty-First Century
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