Casa de mi Padre 2012

Critics score:
42 / 100

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Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine: About five minutes of its mercifully short 84 minutes would make a nice sketch on Ferrell's Funny or Die. Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times: They set out to make a bad movie. They succeeded. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: This is one of those pictures, alas, that is critic-proof merely by dint of the fact that applying any amount of thought to it, superficial, or serious, or what have you, is an entirely humiliating, Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: "Casa de Mi Padre" demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that's easy to do. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: If you pray at the Jodorowskian altar of such things (equal parts spurting blood and flared nostrils), then 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. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: It's a supremely meta-movie that never stops reminding audiences they're watching a film, and a spectacularly silly one at that. Read more

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: When you expect it to go in one direction, it goes off in another. Most of the time, that clever element of surprise pays off. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness. Read more

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine: Will Ferrell tiene cojones grandes. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Director Matt Piedmont and writer Andrew Steele, veterans of Ferrell and McKay's Funny or Die web site, lack the cinematic chops to mount a big-screen tribute to the genre, but there are some amusing bits. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Ferrell is a good straight actor for the same reason that he's an inspired comedian: He commits himself to every moment. Even in a movie whose highest ambition is to be true to its quaintly delectable tackiness. Read more

Eric D. Snider, I tend to be amused by Ferrell in most circumstances, and the things I like about him - his bizarre sensibilities hidden beneath a mainstream exterior, his unwavering sincerity regardless of his characters' absurdity - are on display here. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: It makes sense that this Spanish-lingo farce plays very much like an SNL sketch. The only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10. Read more

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times: A lot of the film unrolls like wasted opportunities, placeholders between the cheesy musical interludes and ludicrous Peckinpah-esque violence. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Hearing Ferrell shout "Alejate! O te doy una paliza con estas manos!" is a lot funnier if you speak Spanish - and much less so if you're stuck reading subtitles. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: For a movie with basically one idea -- spoofing the telenovela -- "Casa" is determined to take it as far as possible. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: A product as cheap, empty and worth of a good beating as a pinata. Read more

Andrew Lapin, NPR: The film feels ultimately hollow, perhaps because mocking soap operas is the comic's equivalent of shooting fish tacos in a barrel. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: An unfunny Spanish movie that worked best as a two-minute trailer. Read more

Sara Stewart, New York Post: As a full-length feature, "Casa" is simply a funny concept that starts to go stale around the 10-minute mark. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Ferrell, as he's done in Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, walks undaunted through the amiable absurdity, delivering his not-exactly-mellifluous espanol in earnest flurries, as the dialogue, and the bullets, fly. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A movie of this sort could easily wear out its welcome early. Yet Ferrell and company transform the one joke concept into a surprisingly subtle train of gentle jabs at an entire defunct school of filmmaking. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie is only 84 minutes long, including credit cookies, but that is quite long enough. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Ferrell is an hombre loco. Mi gusta. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Is "Casa de Mi Padre" brilliant or pointless? Indubitably it's both, as Ron Burgundy might put it. Read more

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle: It's really strange, and it's really subtitled. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment. Read more

Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic: As a low-budget independent not necessarily intended for a broad audience, Casa doesn't have to bow to the middle-of-the-road multiplex appeal that handcuffs many SNL-pedigreed films. That works to the film's great benefit. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Really, Casa de mi Padre is a skit blown up to a feature flick, amusing for a while until its welcome wears out. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: Odd, intermittently amusing but wholly unsatisfying, an oddball experiment that simply doesn't work. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: It's audacious, given the huge resistance of Americans to subtitled films. It's also a good idea. If only it were funnier. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Cute, but not much more. But maybe it's better if you've had a couple margaritas with friends beforehand. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: A likable enough lark that rarely achieves outright hilarity. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Casa de Mi Padre riffs freely on impoverished production values -- phony painted backdrops and the reflection of the camera crew in a DEA agent's sunglasses -- but the humor doesn't only target south of the border. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: It's perfect for a short clip on Padded out to feature length, with a bunch of other slight and unmemorable laughs, it wears thin. Read more