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Casa de mi padre (2012)

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43

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 58

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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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 23

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

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Art House & International, Comedy

Andrew Steele

Jul 17, 2012

$5.9M

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Odd, intermittently amusing but wholly unsatisfying, an oddball experiment that simply doesn't work.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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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.

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate | Comment (1)
Slate
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Ferrell is an hombre loco. Mi gusta.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (11)
Rolling Stone
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A product as cheap, empty and worth of a good beating as a piñata.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
Newark Star-Ledger
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Fundamentally, it seems the big joke of Casa de Mi Padre is that it was produced at all, and as a weird Dadaist joke it is indeed satisfying. It's hard, however, to recommend a film that feels like a giant prank.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Unfortunately for Casa de Mi Padre there's a very fine line between smart-stupid and slapdash-stupid.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

[S]ubtle humor that slips under your radar instead of bashing you over the head is what makes Casa one of the more adventurous comedies in recent years...

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Unfortunately for Casa de Mi Padre there's a very fine line between smart-stupid and slapdash-stupid.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

After awhile Casa de mi Padre begins to play as a conceptual exercise rather than a legitimately funny movie in its own right.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Pretty much one long sketch painfully stretched to feature length - Casa de mi Padre would have been better served as a short film series on Ferrell's Funny or Die website.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

How many superstars would devote themselves to a project this quixotic? Whether you get the joke that is Casa de Mi Padre or not, you've got to admire Ferrell. Clearly, he isn't only in it for the pesos.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

In this bat-crazy Mexican telenovela, replete with flimsy scenery and fake horses, Ferrell's stilted Spanish delivery chimes perfectly with the stilted, soapy dialogue.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A spoof of Mexican Westerns and Latin American telenovelas, Casa de mi padre is a truly bizarre entry in Will Ferrell's filmography - a very broad, Spanish-language comedy that sends up a pair of genres few Anglophone viewers will have encountered.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

No es cómico, Señor Ferrell.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

An animatronic mountain lion proves to be the star of the show.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Like a supermarket enchilada, it initially seems appealing but you quickly realise it lacks flavour.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

It's a one-joke film and that's the joke.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Vámonos, amigos!, murmuró, y los vaqueros montó en la crepúsculo friscalatito...

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The plot is genuinely clever, and there's a continual stream of knowing gags that'll keep fans of B-movies chuckling.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The script is disappointing and the film largely plays out like an extended comedy sketch that quickly wears out its welcome.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Often inspired but patchy overall, Ferrell's horse opera could have benefited from a sharper, even more out-there script.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A joyous, ramshackle celebration of sloppy filmmaking and cheapo production design.

May 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Casa de mi padre

This Spanish language film, parodying Mexican telenovelas and westerns, is infamous for the simple reason that Will Ferrell plays the lead, having known no to little Spanish before filming. Not only is it a triumph for the simple reason that Ferrell lands every bit of accented dialogue, but it does as advertised, and that is to parody. Even if you are not acquainted with what exactly this film is pointing to for its laughs, the inspiration is adamantly represented in every scene. There are a couple of moments that make you chuckle, maybe a guffaw, but those are not directed at the source material. Most times the laughs come from moments of absurdity, quirkiness, and strangeness. What becomes much more interesting when watching the film is not the humor, but oftentimes the performance from Will Ferrell. Ferrell hasn't been taxed with giving a serious performance since his indie turn in "Everything Must Go" and strangely enough he gives yet another earnest performance here. Sometimes the dialogue gets grounded in the character's slow wit or some dumb one off joke, but clearly he has a passion and energy to the role that is very refreshing. If he is trying to parody a Mexican western, than he has done an outstanding job playing the underestimated cowboy, to a tee. Now, his involvement isn't actually necessary to the film, since his true ethnicity is never mentioned or made fun of. Maybe that's what makes his performance that much more interesting, since it isn't one of callous irresponsibility, showing a doofus in a saddle. There are many instances of strange set pieces, cheap animal effects, and even a apology from the second director in the midst of the film, which is probably the closest thing to an ode to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" that I've ever seen. Though it wasn't funny in the regular Ferrell fashion there is something absurdly humorous about this, so at least I can defend it against those who don't see why it does elicit a chuckle here and there.
June 25, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

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. 
March 4, 2013
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Melvin White

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Yet another Will Ferrell flick but this one has been kinda overlooked or missed completely in all honesty. A spoof of the classic tacky soap opera genre in a Mexican western setting, in Spanish with English subs right the way through.

Straight away the thought of subs almost puts you off really, this isn't a foreign epic where you look over that fact. The problem being this is suppose to be a parody of the soap opera genre, albeit Spanish/Latin American, and it really does feel like your watching a shitty soap opera.

So much so that it really is quite dull for most of the time, the subs don't help and the plot is damn thin. Personally I can't stand the whole Mexican/Spanish western concept so I dunno why I watched this really, probably because I didn't realize it was subs all the way through and I thought it would be more funny.

That's the other problem, the film isn't funny a tall. There are very few moments that made me smile, mainly the few bits which are clearly badly filmed with models or sets...filmed like that deliberately of course, spoof remember.

The finale with a reasonable mock shoot up is quite good fun, nothing outstanding, you could easily just watch that and forget the rest. Like many films from the 'SNL' team this idea would work much better as a sketch or simple trailer parody like Tarantino has made popular. As a full length film, even at 1h 20min, its just boring and annoyingly Spanish.
October 22, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Casa de mi Padre is a one joke film and unfortunately the joke isn't particularly funny. I quite liked some of the dodgy sets - many of them weren't as dodgy as they were supposed to be though, but it's a very old trick that has been done better, not to mention countless times before. What's so funny about speaking a second language?
October 5, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. Armando: Let him die. He's missing a hand anyway.
    – Submitted by Costi C (11 months ago)
    1. Onza: Sonia, why are you sleeping with this dirty rancher?
    2. Armando: Stay away, or I'll beat you with these hands!
    – Submitted by Banning B (2 years ago)
    1. Miguel Ernesto: You 're just like your mother, a big heart but simple. You cannot help me , I need someone smart, and if you were smart you would know that you are dumb.
    – Submitted by Paula S (2 years ago)
    1. DEA Agent Parker: Do. You. Speak American?
    2. Armando ALvarez: No sir. I don't speak American.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Armando ALvarez: My woman, Miss Lopez, must love the land as I do.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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