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Spoof hits theaters with uncommon style, jokes

By Kelli Henderson/entertainment editor

Will Ferrell plays a dimwitted rancher in Casa de mi Padre who must save his father’s ranch from being taken over by an evil drug lord.
Photo courtesy Pantelion Films

Only Will Ferrell could pull off a Hollywood-made Spanish-speaking comedy well. Casa de mi Padre is a telanovela spoof that consists of bad editing, bad transitions and corny screenwriting but is full of laugh-out-loud gold.

Armando Alvarez (played by Ferrell) is a simple-headed rancher who seeks only to please his father, Miguel Ernesto (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.). When Raul Alvarez (Diego Luna), Armando’s younger brother  and Ernesto’s favorite son, comes to town from his life in America, things at the ranch get turned upside down as the brothers try to fight off Onza (Gael García Bernal), a vicious druglord.

The film is purposely poorly made. Mannequins are set in awkward positions and painted backdrops and outdoor scenes are obviously shot indoors. It makes fun of American and Mexican behaviors and everything Hollywood offers with modern CGI.

Ferrell definitely took a risk with this film. Learning Spanish was not an easy task, but his hard work pays off. He speaks the language well. For someone who got started creating characters with different voices and mimicking others, it’s no surprise he pulls off this Spanish rancher.

Casa de mi Padre’s puns are subtle. Most of the actors’ body language and movements are what make the jokes.

This film is definitely not for the illiterate. Because it is in Spanish, there are English subtitles. The audience has to read, which can take away from the comedic intentions. If one is not a fast reader, then a lot of the movie’s subtle hilarity could be missed.

This film is fresh, funny and classic Will Ferrell.

 

Final Take: A funny and enjoyable movie that has never been done on the big screen before.

Those who would enjoy it: Will Ferrell fans


 

 

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