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What kind of puta cabron gringo wouldn't like it?
on 1 June 2014
Ferrell plays a sweethearted by bumbling rancher down in Mexico whose family gets wrapped up in the drug trade with a powerful lord called El Onza. After an attack during a wedding, it's up to this unlikely hero to avenge his family's honour. Wackiness of a very certain type ensues....
More of a niche comedy than broad ha-ha-fest, 'Casa de mi Padre' relishes in the melodrama and cheese of over-the-top Hispanic soap operas. Yes, its story is rather thin, its dialogue woeful & bloated, and its presentation oversaturated, but that's how a lot of these shows actually are, and for that, it's a fitting and joyous pastiche. It's all here: over the top performances, continuity errors, overblown music, redundant slow motion, tacky production values. If you know these shows, it's right here, and it's a delight to see lampooned!
Of course, these ties mean the film does limit its potential audience, as most not initiated will not find much outside of these jabs at the tropes. However, not every film is designed for broad appeal, and for those who spent many an afternoon following these sorts of ludicrous and passionate love stories, 'Casa' should feel very familiar, and very rewarding. Hasta luego, amigitos!