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Casa de Mi Padre
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Jul 31, 2012 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Matt Piedmont

Actors:
Will Ferrell
Génesis Rodríguez
Gael García Bernal

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A slow-witted rancher's son (Ferrell) tries to save his family's land and fend off a drug lord (Bernal).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If Will Ferrell so badly wanted to leave Saturday Night Live to focus on movies, then why are the majority of his post-SNL creations one-note sketch characters? Those he’s made most of his millions playing (Buddy the Elf, Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Chazz Michael Michaels, Jackie Moon) are all odd gimmicks, funny for one clip in the trailer, if that.

And now here’s Casa de Mi Padre, an all-Spanish western-comedy where Ferrell plays Armando Álvarez, the oldest son of a once-prominent rancher (the late Pedro Armendáriz). His friends joke that he would rather have sex with a calf than a woman. Seems true, until he falls for his brother Raúl’s (Diego Luna) foxy girlfriend (Génesis Rodríguez). The plot thickens when powerful drug lord Onza (Gael García Bernal) comes to town.

There’s only so far all of this can go, and Casa de Mi Padre goes 84 minutes, or about 80 too long. It, like Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, and Semi-Pro, is an extended SNL skit that never made it to 11:30. All of them have one joke, and Casa de Mi Padre’s is that all of the dialogue is in Spanish.

Casa de Mi Padre isn’t for people who can properly translate the title. It’s for those who think seeing Will Ferrell’s hairy butt is worth admission price. It’s not, so here’s a free YouTube clip of the man streaking.
THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary with Will Ferrell, director Matt Piedmont and writer/producer Andrew Steele: As expected, the trio, who have collaborated on Saturday Night Live and Funny or Die Presents, have a great chemistry that shows up on the track. Though they spend some time commenting on what’s onscreen, they have a fun, relaxed time that fans may want to listen in on.

The Making of Casa de Mi Padre (15:43): This is a fairly standard behind-the-scenes featurette, with interviews (with Ferrell, Génesis Rodríguez, Gael García Bernal, and more), on-set footage and clips.

Deleted Scenes (19:43): There are 10 here, most of which are short and don’t add much to the characters or story.

Pedro Armendáriz Final Interview (3:37): This is the last interview with Armendáriz, who died in 2011 at the age of 71.

Also included are Comerciales and the “Fight for Love” Music Video.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Casa de Mi Padre has all of the makings of a standard Will Ferrell movie, as it’s as shticky and one-note as the rest. The gimmick this time is that it’s entirely in Spanish, which got few in theaters and will get even fewer to the video store. Rightfully so. This is one of Ferrell’s worst attempts at comedy, down there with Blades of Glory.
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