Satisfying, Spanish and nothing more.
The genesis of the idea for this film was basically Will Ferrell saying: “We should do a film entirely in Spanish. That would be hilarious.” And then they made Casa de Mi Padre, which isn’t laugh-out-loud funny the whole way, but does provide a consistent LQTM (laugh quietly to myself) quotient.
Will Ferrell stars as Armando Alvarez, a dumb ranchero who just hasn’t found the right woman yet. His brother, Raul (Diego Luna), is engaged both in sketchy activities and to a beautiful woman, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). Gael Garcia Bernal shows up as Sonia’s uncle Onza and Nick Offerman (Parks & Rec) turns in a hilarious almost-cameo as an American DEA agent.
Ferrell’s performance is what carries the movie’s comedy, though Luna, Bernal, Rodriguez and Offerman offer small doses at times. The gags themselves are unique, obviously satirizing low-quality Mexican B-movies. The plot isn’t too complicated, so I won’t bother you with a synopsis.
All the tech stuff is purposefully bad, but the animatronics, from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, are a highlight.
The music is ridiculous, but perfect for the tone of the film.
Those expecting the next Anchorman will be disappointed, but if you’re just looking for a fun time, it’s not a bad way to spend an hour-and-a-half.