Blu-ray Review: Extended One-Joke of ‘Casa de mi Padre’ Gets Old Fast

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CHICAGO – You have to admire the commitment to a goofy concept that allowed “Casa de mi Padre” to exist in the first place. The idea that Will Ferrell would star in a Spanish-language film about drug dealers and land control in Mexico and that the result would not only be subtitled but often remarkably straight-faced in its melodrama is conceptually hilarious. The actual product? Not quite as funny.

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray rating: 2.0/5.0
Rating: 2.0/5.0

What would have been interesting as a short film on “Funny or Die” wears out its welcome when stretched to the running time of an actual feature. There are moments that work in “Casa de mi Padre” but I was more often bored than anything else. It feels elongated (even down to its lengthy opening credits) more than any film this year and that throws off the pacing of the entire operation. I admire Ferrell’s willingness to do something new and ridiculous instead of, say, “Land of the Lost,” but the admiration doesn’t mean the movie works. Admire the attempt, ignore the movie.

Casa de mi Padre was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 17, 2012
Casa de mi Padre was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 17, 2012
Photo credit: Lionsgate

Synopsis:
From the gringos who brought you Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy comes the slapstick action comedy, Casa De Mi Padre. Will Ferrell plays a simple Mexican who is proud to work on his father’s ranch. But when the ranch is threatened by a dangerous drug lord, he must protect what he cares for the most.

Special Features:
o Audio Commentary With Will Ferrell, Director Matt Piedmont and Writer/Producer Andrew Steele
o Pedro Armendariz Jr. Interview
o Deleted Scenes
o Making Of Featurette
o “Fighting For Love” Music Video
o Commercials

“Casa de mi Padre” stars Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Nick Offerman, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez. and Genesis Rodriguez. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 17, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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