Casa De Mi Padre

"Good"

Casa De Mi Padre Review


This is such a pastiche that it becomes a parody of a parody. So it's impossible to really get involved in the story or characters. But the plot is genuinely clever, and there's a continual stream of knowing gags that'll keep fans of B-movies chuckling.

Armando (Ferrell) is the second son of Miguel (Armendariz), a rancher who dotes on his city-slicker son Raul (Luna) even though he might be a drug dealer. But problems arise with local cartel kingpin Onza (Garcia Bernal) when Raul decides to marry Onza's niece Sonia (Rodriguez). Miguel is delighted, but Armando and his farmhand pals (Ramirez and Martinez) know that big trouble is brewing. Sure enough, an American DEA agent (Offerman) is prowling around with a Federale (Urrego). And if everyone kills each other, it'll make their jobs easier.

The filmmakers raise some startlingly serious themes then ignore them to poke fun at clumsy Hollywood attempts to mimic Mexican exploitation movies. So the gags are pretty nonstop, lampooning low-budget filmmaking in which no one has time to worry about continuity or credibility. So we can constantly see just how cheesy the sets are, with badly painted backdrops and clunky effects (the pivotal white lion is a Jim Henson Company creation).

And of course the film constantly plays on the fact that Ferrell isn't remotely Latino. That said, his Spanish isn't bad, and his mispronunciations are woven right into the story. He also has terrific chemistry with the bombshell-like Rodriguez, and their love scene is ridiculously hilarious. Meanwhile, Luna and Garcia Bernal tear up the scenery as two men who really wish they were Al Pacino in Scarface, spewing the exaggerated dialog as if their lives depended on it.

In the end, the film is far to corny and stupid to linger in the memory. It's also profoundly misogynistic, with stereotypical bimbos populating the backgrounds of almost every scene playing, pointedly, maids and prostitutes.

But just when we start worrying about what the filmmakers are trying to say, something sublimely silly happens on screen to keep us chuckling. It's a cheap trick, but it works.



Casa De Mi Padre

Facts and Figures

Run time: 84 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th May 2012

Box Office USA: $5.9M

Distributed by: Pantelion Films

Production compaines: Lions Gate, Gary Sanchez Productions, NALA Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
Fresh: 43 Rotten: 58

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Matt Piedmont

Producer: Emilio Diez Barroso, Jessica Elbaum, , Darlene Caamano Loquet, , Kevin J. Messick

Starring: as Armando Alvarez, as Onza, as Sonia, as Raul, as Esteban, as Agent Parker, as Esmeralda, as Manuel, Alejandro Patino as Hector, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr. as Miguel Ernesto Alvarez

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

This may not be the cheeriest movie of the season, but it's so skilfully written,...

Live By Night Movie Review

Live By Night Movie Review

Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's...

La La Land Movie Review

La La Land Movie Review

After storming awards season with Whiplash two years ago, writer-director Damien Chazelle returns with something...

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on...

Silence Movie Review

Silence Movie Review

Faith is a topic Martin Scorsese can't quite shake, courting controversy with complex films like...

A Monster Calls Movie Review

A Monster Calls Movie Review

A difficult movie to market, this isn't actually the BFG-style fantasy adventure it looks like....

Monster Trucks Movie Review

Monster Trucks Movie Review

Word has it that a 4-year-old came up with the idea for this unapologetically silly...

Advertisement
Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in...

Paterson Movie Review

Paterson Movie Review

Unpredictable filmmaker Jim Jarmusch ricochets from his artful vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive into...

I, Daniel Blake Movie Review

I, Daniel Blake Movie Review

At 80 years old, British filmmaker Ken Loach won his second Cannes Film Festival with...

Why Him? Movie Review

Why Him? Movie Review

Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the...

Passengers Movie Review

Passengers Movie Review

Anchored by the almost ridiculously engaging Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, this sci-fi movie travels...

Neruda Movie Review

Neruda Movie Review

Clever Chilean director Pablo Larrain (who also directed Natalie Portman's Jackie) takes on the Nobel-winning...

The Eagle Huntress Movie Review

The Eagle Huntress Movie Review

Narrated by Daisy Ridley (The Force Awakens), this documentary is one of the most gripping...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.