CASA DE MI PADRE
The son (Will Ferrell) of a dead rancher unwittingly gets into a war with a local drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal) after trying to settle his family's estate in this Spanish-language comedy from Gary Sanchez Productions. Frequent Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) produces, with Funny or Die's Matt Piedmont handling direction duties. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Matt Piedmont
Cast: Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Efren Ramirez, Gael Garcia
Bernal, Diego Luna, Adrian Martinez, Genesis Rodriguez
Release Date: Mar 16, 2012
Rated R for language, Drug Use, Bloody Violence and Some Sexual Content
Runtime: 1 hr. 24 min.
The joke is simple here and if you enjoy Will Ferrell, you’ll find plenty to find. A cross between Grindhouse and telenovela, Casa De Mi Padre is a very funny if uneven film. Matt Piedmont, SNL and Funny or Die writer turned director, shoots his film with a good sense of fun. The jokes are obvious and overstated each time but then again that’s the joke. Will Ferrell is front and center, his Spanish awkwardly uneven and hilarious. He’s allowed to run wild here and you can almost sense his glee anytime he’s onscreen. The collection of Hispanic actors and actresses, mostly from dramatic background, is quite impressive. Gael Garica Bernal leaves the biggest impression, displaying some impressive comedic chops. The rest of the cast is hamming it up and having just as much fun as Ferrell. There are a few noticeable dead spots that kind of kill it’s momentum but when it hits the right cord it’s a gut busting experience.