Casa de mi Padre
Casa de mi Padre tells the story of Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell),
a young Mexican boy, living and working on his fatherís sprawling ranch.
His love for the ranch is only matched by his stupidity and optimism,
but when the range falls on hard times, his successful brother Raul
(Diego Luna) returns to the family ranch with his new fiancťe, Sonia
(Genesis Rodriguez), pledging to settle all of his fatherís debts, but
when Armando begins to fall for Sonia and Raulís success turns out to be
less than legitimate, they are all pulled into an all out war with the
feared Mexican drug lord, Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
of all, this film is not intended to be taken seriously and if you do,
then I can guarantee that you will not make it through the first few
minutes. A purposefully cheesy and downright tacky spoof on the Mexican
western, Casa de mi Padre knows exactly what it is and runs with
like the wind! The problem is, the laughs are few and far between. Sure
it has charm and those who enjoy this sort of thing will get a kick out
of it, but it can wear out its welcome far too soon. With a paper thin
plot and not even the great Will Ferrell being able to drag this up
higher than the material placed on the page and with a running time of a
mere 85 minutes, the jokes wear out fairly quickly.
grain! The bane of blu-ray releases! Only because with blu-ray, we
expect the very best quality of picture and while we are treated to the
best the film has ever looked on the home format, it is a little
disappointing to know that itís not at its absolute best. The film image
is not quite up to scratch. The film seems over saturated with colour,
with colours seemingly washing in together, making it hard to
distinguish fine detail in the image.
extras are fairly sparse. The Making of, gives some insight into the
film, mainly as to what the non Spanish speaking cast members had to go
through to deliver their dialogue, but the gem are the 50ís style fake
TV ads for Champion 100s Cigarettes and Scorpion beer. Clever and cheesy
stuff having actors try to sell you how great the cigarettes are.
Champion 100s Cigarettes: Theyíre the Cigarettiest!
included on this disc are:
Fight for Love Music Video
Pedro Armendariz Interview
running time of 85 minutes - Casa de mi Padre can be a bit of an effort,
with laughs hard to find and a silly and ridiculous nature that you
either have to take or leave. Some will love it, others will enjoy it
and the rest will find the whole thing a little hard to swallow, but
itís a good exercise in trying to create something different for the
western film going masses.