Casa de mi Padre is a clever comedy made more clever by the fact that the dialogue is entirely in Spanish and it stars Will Ferrell.
That is not a mistake. Ferrell stars. He plays Armando, the not-so-bright, stay-at-home son of a wealthy rancher. Dad never ceases to remind Armando of how dumb he is compared to brilliant brother Raul (Diego Luna).
Raul left the nest to seek his fortune and found it. What his father doesn’t know is that Raul is a drug dealer. And Raul has decided to come home. He’s engaged to the gorgeous Sonia and the purpose of the return is to try to take over the territory. The move is likely to set up a war with drug kingpin Onza (Gael Barcia Bernal).
A side plot has Ferrell’s Armando in love with Genesis Rodriguez’s (“Man on a Ledge”) Sonia.
Casa de mi Padre is written and directed by the TV comedy team of Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele. It has great performances, some really clever dialogue, laugh out-loud moments and classy closing credits.
I’m not a big Ferrell fan. Never have been. His commercial films just aren’t that funny. It’s an opinion a lot of you don’t share, and you let me know on a regular basis. No doubt, you’ll let me know again after you read that statement.
What you don’t know is that I do admire Farrell. Unlike most of his contemporaries, Farrell often is willing to stretch. Last year, he did Everything Must Go -- a terrific semi-comic drama about an alcoholic. He also had an excellent turn in a supporting role in 2005's Winter Passing.
Very few people saw either film. But trust me, Ferrell was good. His stretch this year is Casa de mi Padre. He’s very good here, too. And — as a bonus — so is the movie.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated R for mature themes, drug use, violence, some language. It’s playing at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.