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Casa De Mi Padre


Genre :

Drama, Comedy

Release Date :

March 16, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Matt Piedmont

Starring :

Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez, Hector Jimenee, Genesis Rodriguez, Molly Shannon, Adrian Martinez, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Mariann Gavelo

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..yet the film feels ultimately hollow, perhaps because mocking soap operas is the comic's equivalent of shooting fish tacos in a barrel..”
by Andrew Lapin [NPR]
3 of 4

“..those qualities are what make Casa de Mi Padre an enjoyable mix of campy nostalgia and witty satire..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..there has always been a flamboyant, sartorial element to Ferrell's comedy..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
“..the only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 5

“..the film should have been an SNL skit..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]
2 of 4

“..the film does look authentically inauthentic..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]
3.5 of 5

“..sound like a ridiculous Mexican soap opera? That's the point..”
by Amy Nicholson [Boxoffice Magazine]
3 of 5

“..rather down telenovela..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]
1 of 4

“..it's sort of funny. It's just not as funny as everyone involved seems think it is..”
by Michael O'Sullivan [Washington Post]
“..inevitably, people are comparing "Casa de Mi Padre" to "Death Proof," the fake '70s exploitation flick that was Quentin Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse."..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
“..in fact, a deliberately cheesy movie. But the laughs are missing in action..”
by Marshall Fine [Hollywood & Fine]
“..for one single scene we could see the remnants of a less bankrupt idea take shape and die quickly..”
by Diego Costa [Slant Magazine]
3 of 4

“..for fans of Ferrell and inventive parodies, Casa de mi Padre is comic oro..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..considerably less entertaining are the draggy drug-war plot and the characters who populate it..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
2.5 of 5

“..an argument for empathy runs through the narco-mayhem absurdity, but like much of the proceedings, it's a loose thread..”
by Sheri Linden [Los Angeles Times]
2 of 4

“..all of this adds up to 84 minutes of maximum Ferrellian oddness..”
by Amy Biancolli [San Francisco Chronicle]

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by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


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by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


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by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


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by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


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