I’ve often thought it would be an interesting experiment to intentionally make a film in another language and throw subtitles over it with slightly different intent and meaning. Sort of how many foreign films are so poorly dubbed the translations become unintentionally humorous, at times. So why not set out to make a comedy adding the additional dimension of intentionally garbled and misused language? The case maker just might be Casa de mi Padre.
Comedian Will Ferrell and his partners Matt Piedmont (director), Andrew Steele (writer/producer), and Adam McKay (producer) have done some great work during their time with Saturday Night Live. They have managed to translate that television success to the movie theatres with films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. And now they have come up with Casa de mi Padre, undoubtedly hoping to achieve similar levels of success.
Will Ferrell plays Armando Alvarez, a simple Mexican who is proud to work on his father’s ranch. But when the ranch is threatened by a dangerous drug lord (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), he must protect what he cares for most. When the ranch begins to struggle with its finances, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) comes to the rescue and brings his beautiful fiancee, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). Raul is a successful international businessman who shows promise for helping to save the ranch. But when Armando falls for Sonia and Raul’s business dealings reveal themselves to be less than honorable, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with each other and with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, Onza (Bernal).
Casa de mi Padre also stars Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, and the great Pedro Armendariz Jr.
Special features included in the Blu-Ray and DVD:
- “Making of” featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- “Fight for Love” Music Video- Original song performed by Will Ferrell and Genesis Rodriguez
- Commerciales – 4 different faux commercials starring Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez and Nick Offerman
- Pedro Armendariz Jr. Final Interview
- Audio commentary by Director Matt Piedmont, Writer/Producer Andrew Steele and Star of the Film Will Ferrell
Casa de mi Padre is a fun parody of both Westerns and Spanish telenovelas. And seeing “gringo” Will Ferrell play the lead alongside a largely Mexican cast is great fun as he is tone perfect and one of the few deadpan comics capable of pull this off.
Casa de mi Padre will be available on Blu-Ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on July 17, 2012, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.