Will Ferrell has done his fair share of comedies but nothing quite compares to the telenovela comedy/drama that is Casa de mi Padre. Made entirely in Spanish, Armando Alvarez (Ferrell) must save his father’s ranch from the greedy Mexican drug lord Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal). Things become further complicated when his own brother Raul (Diego Luna) becomes involved in the drug business as well.
Casa de mi Padre is an interesting attempt at broadening Will Ferrell’s comedy style but the film doesn’t come across as anything more than a gimmick. Even the Blu-ray menu itself can be translated into all Spanish if you wish. There are some genuinely humorous moments, but for an 85 minute film it sure does drag on. While I applaud Ferrell for actually speaking Spanish, throughout the film, it does appear forced.
There are plenty of awkward silences or pointlessly extended scenes filled with unnecessary laughter. It’s almost as if they wanted to give Ferrell as little a speaking role as possible in an attempt to mask his Spanish-speaking abilities, even though he isn’t that bad.
The Blu-ray itself looks halfway decent with a good picture quality and sound. The entire film is primarily comprised of the warm reds, yellows, and oranges of Mexico with elements of the telenovela format thrown in as a parody. While Casa de mi Padre won’t blow people away with its quality, it definitely provides an adequate viewing experience.
- Audio commentary with Will Ferrell, director Matt Piedmont, and writer Andrew Steele
- The Making of Casa de mi Padre
- Deleted Scenes
- Pedro Armendariz - The Final Interview