Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quick Review: Casa de mi Padre

Casa de mi Padre is that Will Ferrell movie completely in spanish that you probably heard of but never got a chance to see in theaters. And now it's out on DVD!  Armando Alvarez(Will Ferrell) is trying to keep his family together while his brother Raul(Diego Luna) and his new fiance(Genesis Rodriguez) threaten to tear it apart, all while battling the evil drug lord Onza. If you've ever seen a spanish telenovela, this is exactly like that, but on purpose.  In a way, it reminds me a lot of Black Dynamite, but instead of being completely ridiculous, it plays it straight, which is why it's so funny. It works straight, as the story is engaging, but then it's filled with fake sets, overly dramatic close-ups, fake animals and mannequins, and unnatural cuts in the film.

Usually a film trying to be both straight and funny at the same time fails at both, but here I think it really pulls it off.  Will Ferrell is a believable dramatic actor while still being hilarious, the action is over the top, the story is maddeningly engrossing, and the soundtrack is amazingly fun.  I can see how some would be turned off by it or think it's boring, as there are lots of long dramatic parts(and a HUGE dig at Americans), but I thought it was pure genius and one of Will Ferrell's better films in recent history.  Plus, Nick Offerman! I give it $$$$. Worth checking out, and enjoyable as long as you know what you're getting into.

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