Casa de mi Padre

Casa de mi Padre

Armando Alvarez has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul, shows up with his new fiancé, Sonia. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza. 2.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Casa de mi Padre

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Comedy
Director Matt Piedmont
Cast Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna Will Ferrell
Studio Studio Canal UK
Release Date June 2012
Running Time 84 mins
 

Armando Alvarez has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul, shows up with his new fiancé, Sonia. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Nick de Semlyen

Ferrell commits to Español without winking, playing the big-hearted Mexican with such earnestness that you actually start to root for him. And, considering Armando is embroiled in a plot which at one point takes in a wrestling bout with an animatronic lion, that really is quite a feat.

05/06/2012

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The Guardian

Phelim O'Neill

It's all a little undercooked, playing more like an extended version of a very funny trailer than an actual, full-bodied comedy.

07/06/2012

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Total Film

Matt Mueller

The plot may be a mere springboard for the absurdism, but still smuggles in a splash of social critique and topicality, as the Alvarezes’ land becomes a killing ground for drug lord Onza. Everyone’s in on the joke, with Ferrell at his most likeable, bringing sincerity to the onslaught of idiocy.

29/05/2012

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

Mr. García Bernal and Mr. Luna clearly enjoyed playing dress-up, but it’s too bad that the story isn’t as retro as their clothes. Casa de Mi Padre demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that’s easy to do. Even so, there are times ... when, because of the devastation the drug war has wreaked in Mexico, the laughs take on a queasy quality that could have worked only if the filmmakers had gone very dark, very tough.

15/03/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

All [Ferrell] really proves is that he can be unfunny in another language too.

07/06/2012

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Were it a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit, ‘Casa de mi Padre’ would be an instant YouTube smash. But 85 minutes is a long time to laugh at one joke.

06/06/2012

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The Times

Kate Muir

The film’s nacho cheesiness has to be seen to be believed.

08/06/2012

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The Independent

Geoffrey MacNab

The director throws in occasional impressive visual flourishes, among them a Peckinpah-style massacre at a wedding that is so ferociously violent it risks undercutting the comic mood. Unfortunately, neither the slapstick nor the dialogue have any spice or spark about them at all.

08/06/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Co-written by Ferrell, this spoof Mexican action-melodrama should have gone to Woody Allen to be workshopped.

08/06/2012

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