Casa De Mi Padre (2012)

Casa De Mi Padre (2012)
Casa De Mi Padre (2012) DVD / Blu-Ray

By Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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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

A Toast 

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

Beer Two

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.

Verdict

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

About Oberst von Berauscht

Oberst Von Berauscht once retained the services of a Gypsy to imbue in him the ability to accurately describe the artistic qualities of a film up to seven decimal points. To maintain this unique skill, he must feast on the blood of a virgin every Harvest Moon, or failing that (and he usually does), he can also make a dog do that thing they do where they twist their heads slightly (you know, when they're confused about something) at least a few times a week. I've gotten way off track here... The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so... yeah

One comment

  1. Watching this right now….wondering why it took soooo long for Will to get Anchorman 2 a green light, but they let him make this. It is funny, but I just wish they made it in English!!!

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