More in the vein of a Grindhouse feature than the McKay films Ferrell usually stars in, Casa De Mi Padre is an absolutely deadpan comedy from director Matt Piedmont. Taking on everything from Peckinpah to low-budget Mexican films from the 70s, it’s a Spanish-language adenture drama about family and honor. There’s not a lot of winking from Ferrell or the rest of the cast, with the humor coming from the straight faces, technical errors, and a huge variety of parody gags. It’s hilarious and actually rather beautiful. Certainly worth your time.
Casa De Mi Padre Details:
Director: Matt Piedmont
Screenwriter: Andrew Steele
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez) and pledges to settle all his father’s debts. It seems that Raul’s success as an international businessman means the ranch’s troubles are over, but when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul’s business dealings turn out to be less than legit, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).