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Casa de mi Padre

Casa1_span-thumbstandard Will Ferrell stars as a Spanish-speaking cowboy in this comedy about a Mexican clan trying to rescue their ranch from greedy creditors. When his brother can't save the day, the simple but noble ranch hand takes on a powerful drug lord.
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NYT Review
In “Casa de Mi Padre," Will Ferrell speaks Spanish, rides horses and gets naked, while Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal rock ’70s duds. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 44%
Critics' score: 44   Audience score: 40   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

As a low-budget independent not necessarily intended for a broad audience, Casa doesn't have to bow to the middle-of-the-road multiplex appeal that handcuffs many SNL-pedigreed films. That works to the film's great benefit. full review

Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic

Ferrell hurls himself into the melodramatic, heavy-breathing telenovela style of acting. And surrounded by actors who know the genre and get the joke (Efren Ramirez from Napoleon Dynamite among them), this send-up works. full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

I tend to be amused by Ferrell in most circumstances, and the things I like about him - his bizarre sensibilities hidden beneath a mainstream exterior, his unwavering sincerity regardless of his characters' absurdity - are on display here. full review

Eric D. Snider, Film.com

I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Ferrell is an hombre loco. Mi gusta. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A product as cheap, empty and worth of a good beating as a pinata. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

For a movie with basically one idea -- spoofing the telenovela -- "Casa" is determined to take it as far as possible. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Really, Casa de mi Padre is a skit blown up to a feature flick, amusing for a while until its welcome wears out. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

As a full-length feature, "Casa" is simply a funny concept that starts to go stale around the 10-minute mark. full review

Sara Stewart, New York Post

It's perfect for a short clip on FunnyorDie.com. Padded out to feature length, with a bunch of other slight and unmemorable laughs, it wears thin. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

It's really strange, and it's really subtitled. full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

Is "Casa de Mi Padre" brilliant or pointless? Indubitably it's both, as Ron Burgundy might put it. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

A lot of the film unrolls like wasted opportunities, placeholders between the cheesy musical interludes and ludicrous Peckinpah-esque violence. full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"Casa de Mi Padre" demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that's easy to do. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

The film feels ultimately hollow, perhaps because mocking soap operas is the comic's equivalent of shooting fish tacos in a barrel. full review

It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Ferrell, as he's done in Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, walks undaunted through the amiable absurdity, delivering his not-exactly-mellifluous espanol in earnest flurries, as the dialogue, and the bullets, fly. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

About five minutes of its mercifully short 84 minutes would make a nice sketch on Ferrell's Funny or Die. full review

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

When you expect it to go in one direction, it goes off in another. Most of the time, that clever element of surprise pays off. full review

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Available From: Nov 15, 2012
  • Queued by: 2966 people
Directed By
Matt Piedmont
Cast
Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Génesis Rodríguez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Nick Offerman, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez
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