Casa de mi padre Reviews

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March 15, 2012
Ferrell, as he's done in Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, walks undaunted through the amiable absurdity, delivering his not-exactly-mellifluous espaol in earnest flurries, as the dialogue, and the bullets, fly.
March 15, 2012
About five minutes of its mercifully short 84 minutes would make a nice sketch on Ferrell's Funny or Die.
March 15, 2012
When you expect it to go in one direction, it goes off in another. Most of the time, that clever element of surprise pays off.
March 15, 2012
An unfunny Spanish movie that worked best as a two-minute trailer.
March 15, 2012
Director Matt Piedmont and writer Andrew Steele, veterans of Ferrell and McKay's Funny or Die web site, lack the cinematic chops to mount a big-screen tribute to the genre, but there are some amusing bits.
March 15, 2012
This is one of those pictures, alas, that is critic-proof merely by dint of the fact that applying any amount of thought to it, superficial, or serious, or what have you, is an entirely humiliating,
March 15, 2012
Hearing Ferrell shout "Alejate! O te doy una paliza con estas manos!" is a lot funnier if you speak Spanish - and much less so if you're stuck reading subtitles.
March 15, 2012
Ferrell is a good straight actor for the same reason that he's an inspired comedian: He commits himself to every moment. Even in a movie whose highest ambition is to be true to its quaintly delectable tackiness.
March 15, 2012
They set out to make a bad movie. They succeeded.
March 15, 2012
It's audacious, given the huge resistance of Americans to subtitled films. It's also a good idea. If only it were funnier.
March 15, 2012
It's a supremely meta-movie that never stops reminding audiences they're watching a film, and a spectacularly silly one at that.
March 15, 2012
The movie is only 84 minutes long, including credit cookies, but that is quite long enough.
March 14, 2012
Cute, but not much more. But maybe it's better if you've had a couple margaritas with friends beforehand.
March 13, 2012
If you pray at the Jodorowskian altar of such things (equal parts spurting blood and flared nostrils), then there will be a modicum of satisfaction, perhaps enough to stave off the suspicion that the film should have been an SNL skit, nothing more.
March 13, 2012
Casa de Mi Padre riffs freely on impoverished production values -- phony painted backdrops and the reflection of the camera crew in a DEA agent's sunglasses -- but the humor doesn't only target south of the border.
March 13, 2012
A movie of this sort could easily wear out its welcome early. Yet Ferrell and company transform the one joke concept into a surprisingly subtle train of gentle jabs at an entire defunct school of filmmaking.
March 12, 2012
It makes sense that this Spanish-lingo farce plays very much like an SNL sketch. The only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10.
March 12, 2012
A likable enough lark that rarely achieves outright hilarity.
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