Casa De Mi Padre: Will Ferrell Telenovela Trailer, Reviews
Will Ferrell in Casa De Mi Padre
Will Ferrell's new movie is a telenovela. This is noteworthy because Will Ferrell does not speak Spanish. Casa De Mi Padre (House of My Father) opens March 16, 2012 with virtually no mainstream media push.
The project seems, if not a throwaway, at least a somewhat casual effort. Like Will Ferrell's WTF Super Bowl commercial, the punchline is basically, "... and he's Will Ferrell". This can work for an advert, which comes on whether we want it or not, but we can't say that it will compel viewers to hit the local cinema.
Casa De Mi Padre Reviews
So far, reception to the new Will Ferrell movie has been lukewarm overall.
- Deadspin's Tim Grierson: "If you just stumbled across this on TV, you might think it's a real telenovela: It looks like one, sounds like one and feels like one, too. Except it's not. And that's what makes Casa de Mi Padre funny. Well, kinda funny: Ferrell seems a little too pleased with his central concept to really develop it"
- AV Club's Nathan Rabin: "As with Black Dynamite, many of Casa De Mi Padre’s sharpest, most inspired gags riff on the source material’s ingratiatingly amateurish production values and exuberantly incompetent stylistic choices. It’s a supremely meta-movie that never stops reminding audiences they’re watching a film, and a spectacularly silly one at that." (In terms of genre-pastiche reviews, comparing anything with Black Dynamite is high praise.)
- Time Out New York's Josh Rothkopf:"... there will be a modicum of satisfaction, perhaps enough to stave off the suspicion that the film should have been an SNL skit, nothing more. Still, it’s the kind of skit that would have gone viral."
- Slant Magazine's Diego Costa:"Although the film's main elements are its purposeful spoofing of Mexican melodrama clichés and the grotesquely amateurish execution of special effects (tigers in the wild are played by stuffed animals), it seems to completely ignore, or not care, that all of its humor is built on the reiteration of the notion that Mexicans are helplessly uncivilized (the women are hot bimbos, the men are ignorant beasts) in dire need for a blue-eyed American to come save them from themselves."
Will Ferrell notwithstanding, Casa De Mi Padre also stars:
- Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También)
- Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries)
- Efren Ramirez (Crank)
- Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge)
Casa De Mi Padre Trailer
Check out the trailer for Will Ferrell's telenovela below: it looks like it should have been one of the previews before the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double-bill Grindhouse.