By Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) -
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) is a true Ranchero, having lived and worked on his family’s land since he was but a little Niño. He loves his family and his cattle (especially his cattle) far too much to worry about finding a woman. That is until his wealthy brother Raul (Diego Luna) comes home with Sonia (Génesis Rodríguez), a temptress who threaten’s to tear the brother’s apart. But when killers hired by the evil drug kingpin Onza (Gael García Bernal) disrupt Raul and Sonia’s wedding, killing almost everyone, it falls on Armando to show that he is more than just a simple-minded Ranchero, he is a MAN.
EAT BEEF JERKY, SWEAT STEROIDS, CRAP HONEY BADGERS
Those familiar with the conventions of the Mexican Telenovela, or even that of American Soap Operas will immediately see the target of Casa De Mi Padre’s humor. Amateurish (or at least low-budget) editing techniques, cheap sets, blatant product placement, over the top plot twists, and many other elements combine/are exaggerated in just the right ways. Armando’s home is populated by friends and family members from every stereotype, and is run by maids with Telemundo-levels of cleavage.
The humor isn’t for everyone, as it focuses on deadpan, dry skewering of genre clichés rather than telling actual jokes. This a movie which seems destined to be appreciated by a small, albeit dedicated audience (of which I count myself a member).
Our club may be small, but it’s aweso- … It’s grea- … It’s our club
While I can’t help but admire the efforts put into making this film look and feel authentic, it does have the drawback of a story which occasionally drags, leaving the audience wondering if it is supposed to be taken seriously. Of course just as soon as the humor dissipates, the filmmakers pick it up again with a passion. If you find yourself drifting at all during Casa De Mi Padre, do yourself a favor and look around. There are many little details that won’t get picked up on immediately, but are sure to give you a good chuckle.
Me encanta esta película.
Take a Drink: when Will Ferrell rolls a cigarette (in vain)
Take a Drink: each time El Gato Blanco makes an appearance
Take a Drink: for every ackward jump-cut moment
Drink a Shot: when someone speaks English