Casa de mi Padre

New review from The Movie Snob

Casa de mi Padre (B).  This is a weird movie, but I enjoyed it.  It’s a comedy starring Will Ferrell (Old School), but it is in Spanish and is shot in the style (I gather) of a Mexican soap opera.  Ferrell is Armando, the none-too-bright son of a Mexican rancher.  One day his much-better-loved brother Raul returns to the ranch, with a ravishing beauty named Sonia by his side.  But Raul seems to have gotten involved in some shady dealings, and an evil drug dealer named Onza is powerfully interested in both Raul and Sonia.  Dark secrets will be revealed, and blood will be shed–can true love win out against all odds?  I thought the movie was very funny.  Blatant continuity goofs (like Sonia’s undergoing a big outfit change mid-scene), obviously animatronic animals, and an awkward love scene consisting mostly of bare derrieres are just some of what you have to look forward to.  Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, who were so good in Y Tu Mama Tambien, are entertaining as Raul and Onza, and the gal who plays Sonia, Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge), is stunningly beautiful.  Efren Ramirez (Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite) has a small part.  I was surprised to see Dan Haggerty (TV’s Grizzly Adams) listed in the credits as “Himself” because I didn’t remember seeing him in the movie — turns out he’s in a tacked-on scene after the credits.  It’s as weird as the rest of the movie!

4 comments on “Casa de mi Padre

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  2. […] our gritty heroes Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones, Brideshead Revisited) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna, Casa de mi Padre) skip from world to world, grittily doing the gritty things that need to be done to steal the […]

  3. […] from the trailers, but it really isn’t — it’s more of a morality tale. Ferrell (Casa de mi Padre) plays Harold Crick, a polite, soft-spoken, mildly obsessive-compulsive IRS agent whose apartment […]

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