‘Casa de mi Padre’ DVD Review: A Fun Film for Ferrell Fans

Stephen Branson July 19, 2012 1
‘Casa de mi Padre’ DVD Review: A Fun Film for Ferrell Fans
  • Will Ferrell
  • Visual Jokes
  • Understandability
  • Cast
  • Una película para alquilar
Director: Matt Piedmont
Producers: Will Ferrell, Darlene Caamano Loquet, D. Scott Lumpkin, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Ricardo Palacio, Billy Rovzar, Fernando Rovzar
Actors: Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, Gael García Bernal, Nick Offerman
Writer: Andrew Steele
Music: Andrew Feltenstein, John Nau
Editing: David Trachtenberg
Cinematography: Ramsey Nickell

Sumario (Synopsis):

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).

La Buena (The Good)

Will Ferrell (Will Ferrell)

I‘ll be honest. I’m not the biggest fan of Will Ferrell; his movies are hit and miss with me. But I admire and respect the preparation he put into filming an entire movie in a foreign language. Ferrell isn’t really the type of actor you would expect to be able to pull off a film like this. If you’ve seen his previous films you know he likes to improvise and work off the cuff. Casa de mi Padre didn’t leave any room for improvisation on Ferrell’s part, but that didn’t keep it from being a funny movie. According to the documentary on the DVD, Ferrell spent a month before filming working with a translator. They would drive to the set together every morning working on lines so the other actors (most of them native Spanish speakers) wouldn’t be waiting for Ferrell to get his lines right. I was actually surprised while watching the film at how natural the language seemed to Ferrell. And for that, I am impressed.

Los Chistes Visuales (The Visual Jokes)

Being a movie spoken entirely in Spanish, director Matt Piedmont and script writer Andrew Steele needed to find a way to keep non-Spanish speaking movie goers interested. What better way to do that than with the use of visual comedy. Sharp-eyed viewers (or really anyone who watches the movie) will notice fake looking backdrops, obvious continuity errors, the camera crew in reflections, and horse puppets. At first glance, you would think Casa de mi Padre really dropped the ball, but they didn’t. The film is cleverly shot as a satire on the B-grade Mexican Telenova.

La No-Tan-Buena (The Not-So-Good)

Toda Película en Español (Entire movie in Spanish)

I took a couple years of Spanish in high school so I could get some of what they were saying, but I ended up having to turn the subtitles on to understand the movie. Unfortunately when I did this, I had to look back and forth from subtitles to the screen, and in doing so, missed a couple of the visual jokes. Nothing the rewind button couldn’t fix.

Valoración General: 4 de 5 (Overall Rating: 4 out of 5)

Comprar, Alquilar, Omitirlo (Buy It, Rent It, Skip It)

If you are a Will Ferrell fan, this is definitely one to add to your collection. Granted, it’s not Anchorman, but it’s definitely better than Bewitched. I’ll admit, I was a little apprehensive about this film and wasn’t really looking forward to watching it. I even groaned a bit when I had to hunt for the ‘Subtitles’ button on my remote. But as I started watching it, I found myself actually enjoying it. So, if you’re a little weary about seeing the film, just rent it and try it. You may change your mind. I did.

‘Casa de mi Padre’ Sinópsis de una Película

    • Johnvalle

      I just saw this film earlier this week and I must say that I enjoyed it. It was a little strange with Will Ferrell fluently speaking Spanish, yet in my opinion he did an amazing job. The visual jokes were hilarious. Such a low budget film, but made so well. It was a refreshing surprise!