“this was much more Ferrell’s usual style of comedy but it features very briefly and the banter between the two characters is not up to Ferrell’s usual standards of ad-libbing genius.”
Casa de mi Padre Review
By Simon Jago
A film starring Will Ferrell as a Mexican cowboy hunting down drug dealers speaking completely in Spanish looks like a winning combination on paper. However, the final product Casa de mi Padreis pretty much what the trailer suggested, a disappointment. Actually disappointed is too strong a description because it implies that you actually expected something in the first place and to be brutally honest I didn’t.
Will Ferrell plays a simple Mexican rancher named Armando Alvarez who is considered the idiot of the Alvarez family. When his highly successful brother Raul (Diego Luna) returns from America and brings with him his beautiful bride to be Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez), tensions rise as Armando is shocked to discover his brother is a drug dealer. Caught up with the local drug lord The Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal), the Alvarez family find themselves in the middle of a Mexican drug war.
The film has some humorous moments and I did chuckle a couple of times but the laughs are short lived and too few and far between. An excellent job has been made of capturing the style of a Spanish soap opera meets low budget Western and there are some funny visual gags on making no effort to hide terrible special effects but the film almost relies to heavily on these visual gags and not enough in the writing itself. I think the outlandish style could have really worked and this could have been up there with ‘Zoolander’ or ‘Anchorman’ but unfortunately the writing is not strong enough and maybe some more familiar comedy faces would have helped to sell the film.
I would have liked to have seen more of the Jaguar King in the mountains, this was much more Ferrell’s usual style of comedy but it features very briefly and the banter between the two characters is not up to Ferrell’s usual standards of ad-libbing genius.
It’s a great idea and I love the terrible effects work but this movie and it’s satire comedy would work better as a fake trailer or a short. Dragging out the script to feature length just feels like too much. If you manage to catch this one of the TV it’s worth a watch but I wouldn’t spend money on it.