The premises of a spaghetti western, a Spanish novella and Will Ferrell’s signature comedy all combine to make “Casa de mi padre,” Ferrell’s first foray into the Spanish-speaking world.
Ferrell plays Armando Alvarez, a simple Mexican rancher who spends his days tending to his family’s farm.
Alvarez’ simple life is taken for a spin when the rancher’s drug-dealing brother comes into town bringing trouble along the way.
Like most of Ferrell’s movies, “Casa de mi padre” doesn’t take itself too seriously. From the set, the dialogue and even the plot, “Casa de mi padre” is a not-so-serious look at a very serious problem.
At times, “Casa de mi padre” borders on being political, but as soon as the story starts to gain some substance, a comedic antic knocks it down a peg or two.
Even though “Casa de mi padre” may not be the world’s most serious film, it certainly is funny.
From Ferrell’s thick Hispanic accent to a plethora of animatronic animals, “Casa de mi padre” defied typical Hollywood convention to deliver one of the funniest movies of the year.
With a relatively unknown cast, director Matt Piedmont constructs a solid team of both American and Mexican stars that mesh well under Ferrell’s wing.
Andrew Steele, the film’s writer, combines political commentary and classic crudeness to deliver a fast-paced story that doesn’t give its audience a chance to blink.
Ferrell stays within his wheelhouse of familiar characteristics when tackling the role of Armando Alvarez and just like most of his roles, Ferrell provides an abundance of quotable one-liners.
While some missteps were made in the film (particularly Ferrell’s journey back to life after being shot) “Casa de mi padre” is a solid comedy with cross-cultural appeal.
Considering that the movie is playing in more screens in Mexico then it is in America, expect for some interesting box-office numbers.