Film Review: Casa de mi Padre

A spoof of low-budget 1970s Mexican movies, Casa de mi Padre is a lot of fun. Not quite as laugh-out-loud hilarious as viewers may hope, Matt Piedmont’s film is entertaining throughout.

Armando Alvarez is a simple rancher, in the shadow of Raul, his more successful brother. Raul returns to the ranch with his fiance Sonia, just as their father is suffering financial difficulties. Painting himself as a business man, Raul’s dealings are more shady than he lets on. His business brings the Alvarez family into contact with Onzo, a notorious drug lord…

There is a sense of fun and silliness that imbues the whole of Casa de mi Padre. The film is fairly typical of the output of actor and producer Will Ferrell, in terms of comedy style. Those who are not keen on Anchorman and the like are unlikely to be impressed by this offering.

From the very beginning of the film, the intentions of Casa de mi Padre are made clear. The film sole purpose is to make the audience laugh. From the pre-credits scene, Casa de mi Padre is offered as a spoof of Mexican films from the 1970s. The mockery is in good humour rather than derision. The sites of humour are in fact things that could be attributed to any low-budget cinema.

The silliness of Casa de mi Padre is refreshing, compared to many of the film’s contemporaries. Piedmont appears to hark back to a time when cinema was not so polished. Although this is done to generate humour, it makes a nice change from the overly slick films that dominate Hollywood.

Will Ferrell is game for laughs as ever, starring as protagonist Armando. However, it is Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal who really delight with their outlandish performances. The music featured in the film is great, and often amusing.

Undoubtedly, more laughs would have been welcome. As an enjoyable spoof, Casa de mi Padre does the trick.