Casa de mi padre


Casa de mi padre

Critics Consensus

Thinly written and not as funny as it needs to be, Casa de mi Padre would have worked better as a fake trailer or short film; stretched to feature length, it wears out its welcome far too quickly.



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Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) 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 (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). 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 (Gael Garcia Bernal). -- (C) Pantelion Films


Will Ferrell
as Armando
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Miguel Ernesto
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Miguel Ernesto
Manuel E. Urrego
as Officer Blancarto
Nick Offerman
as DEA Agent Parker
Jerry Collins
as DEA Agent #2
Louis Carazo
as Young Miguel Ernesto
Sandra Echeverría
as Miguel Ernesto's Wife
Elijah Velarde
as Young Armando
Eduardo Ricard
as Old Friend #1
Pedro Lopez
as Old Friend #2
James Victor
as Old Friend #3
Dan Haggerty
as Himself
José Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez
as El Puma/Wedding Singer
Eric Leiderman
as Band Member #1
Patty Guggenheim
as Band Member #2
Robert Dassie
as Band Member #3
Mariann Gavelo
as Esmeralda
Gayle Hooker
as Margarite
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as Friend George
Armando Guerrero
as Father Guizman
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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (64)

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

    Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Vámonos, amigos!, murmuró, y los vaqueros montó en la crepúsculo friscalatito...

    Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Odd, intermittently amusing but wholly unsatisfying, an oddball experiment that simply doesn't work.

    Jun 6, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a low-budget independent not necessarily intended for a broad audience, Casa doesn't have to bow to the middle-of-the-road multiplex appeal that handcuffs many SNL-pedigreed films. That works to the film's great benefit.

    Mar 27, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • I tend to be amused by Ferrell in most circumstances, and the things I like about him - his bizarre sensibilities hidden beneath a mainstream exterior, his unwavering sincerity regardless of his characters' absurdity - are on display here.

    Mar 17, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment.

    Mar 16, 2012 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

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Audience Reviews for Casa de mi padre

  • Sep 03, 2013
    Not clever. Not funny. Just Will Farrell, as usual.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2013
    In "Casa de mi Padre," Armando(Will Ferrell), along with his friends Esteban(Efren Ramirez) and Manuel(Adrian Martinez), witness the notorious drug lord The Onza(Gael Garcia Bernal) execute somebody. But all Armando's father(Pedro Armendariz Jr.) wants to talk about is the return of his other son Raul(Diego Luna) who has just gotten engaged to Miss Sonia Lopez(Genesis Rodriguez). She turns out to be nice enough to listen to Armando talk about his concerns. Incredibly while "Casa de mi Padre" is supposedly meant to be a parody of Mexican melodramas, it succeeds on its own silly terms, even though I have never seen any of them.(See, I don't watch every movie. Only about 1/3.) And while it does take the easy route by taking pot shots at low production values, the scene where it tries to explain what went wrong in trying to film an animal fight scene is hilarious. And then there is the innately funny Will Ferrell, not only speaking Spanish(better than Nick Offerman, at any rate), but also singing. Ferrell manages the delicate balancing act of playing it straight while also being in on the joke, along with Gael Garcia Bernal who hams it up nicely. And just to show that this is not all fun and games, the movie is also critical of the war on drugs.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    Armando Alvarez: My woman, Miss Lopez, must love the land as I do. "Funniest movie you'll ever read." Casa de mi Padre is a weird, eccentric, and messy film. I don't know exactly what the goal with this movie was. Was it to make us laugh? Because it doesn't seem like that's the intention. Sure there's some funny scenes, but this isn't what I'd call a laugh riot. Was it to entertain? I can't see too many people, especially the target audience for a Will Farrell movie, calling this movie entertaining. In other words, this movie exists, but for what reason, I have no idea. All in all though, it really wasn't that bad. Armando Alvarez is a rancher on his fathers ranch. He is also the son who isn't well liked by his father because of a past accident(think Dewey Cox). His father is always calling him stupid and doesn't have much faith in Armando as a man. On the other hand, he loves his second son very much. It just so happens that he is a drug dealer, who has just entered the biggest dealers territory. Now there will have to be some sort of drug war. As far as the movie is concerned; it's ridiculous. Stuffed animals, crappy 1930's landscape backdrops, and Will Farrell speaking Spanish the whole film. Still the movie has weird sense of likability coming from it. I didn't mind the movie, and I would actually say I even enjoyed it to a degree. Not enough to make me recommend this to anyone, but enough to say the short little hour and twenty minute running time wasn't a complete waste. I would have to be led to believe that most people wouldn't like this film. I would also be led to believe that a good percentage of people would probably turn the film off before the twenty minute mark. As for me, it wasn't a hard movie to get through. It bores at times, and it meanders at times, but all in all it's hardly the worst thing ever. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2013
    Casa de mi Padre is an outrageously hilarious comedy that brilliantly satirizes Mexican exploitation cinema. The story follows a cowboy who's forced to choice between family and honor when he discovers that his brother is a drug smuggler. Will Ferrell leads the cast and delivers a great performance that carries the film. The writing is also especially good, with a lot of clever uses of meta humor. Daring and edgy, Casa de mi Padre is a ridiculously entertaining film full of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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