Casa de mi Padre

  • Review Date: March 16, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 84 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Violent, crude Spanish Will Ferrell comedy not for everyone.
  • Review Date: March 16, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 84 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's big question has to do with choosing whether or not to fight -- and whether not fighting indicates cowardice. The movie seems to say that, when your family is at stake, it becomes necessary to stand up and fight.

Positive role models

The main character is a peaceful rancher who's appalled by anything illegal or unsavory. But his peaceful nature is perceived as cowardice, and he must find bravery within himself to make a stand for himself and his loved ones (although this stand does include heavy violence).


The movie's climax is a highly stylized, gory shootout with gallons of blood and dead bodies. Over the course of the rest of the movie, minor characters are murdered in gruesome ways, and there are threats and arguments.


A long sex scene plays like a parody of ordinary sex scenes (it's intended to be funny). A man and a woman appear naked; bare bottoms are seen many times, but no other sensitive body parts are shown. Several female characters are shown wearing skimpy outfits for men's pleasure.


Strong language is spoken (mostly) in Spanish and subtitled in English. Words include "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "d--k," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and more.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the main characters is a drug dealer. Characters are seen sampling cocaine. Characters are also seen drinking and smoking in a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know although Casa de mi Padre is a Will Ferrell comedy, it's probably too offbeat/odd to attract his usual fans (especially the kids who love Elf), though older teens may eventually see it as a cult classic. It's spoken almost entirely in Spanish (with English subtitles), and content is very mature throughout -- there are highly stylized violent shootouts with lots of blood and dead bodies, plus a lengthy sex scene with naked bottoms shown -- all played for laughs. Strong language (mostly in the English subtitles, but some also spoken in English) includes "f--k," "s--t," and more. A major character deals cocaine, and the drug is sampled onscreen. Characters are also seen drinking and smoking in a bar.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Armando (Will Ferrell) is an earthy, simple son of a Mexican rancher. When his flashy brother, Raul (Diego Luna), returns home with a sexy new fiancée. Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez), there's great rejoicing; Raul could help save the family business. Unfortunately, no one knows that Raul has begun dealing drugs and is now involved with the villainous Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal). As Armando deals with his own dark past and his sudden feelings for Sonia, he must decide how far he's willing to go to save his family -- and to at last become a man.

Is it any good?


Ferrell is most likely laughing hysterically behind the scenes of this peculiar movie, but whether or not audiences will join him is another matter. Aside from being presented almost entirely in Spanish with English subtitles, CASA DI MI PADRE has a hard-to-explain humor that's a mix of deadpan, offbeat, quirky, and juvenile comedy, with arrhythmic timing and punchlines. 

Ferrell and his writer, Andrew Steele, and director, Matt Piedmont (both Saturday Night Live alums making their feature debuts), shape Casa di mi Padre as a vague spoof of Mexican soap operas and 1970s-era grindhouse movies; it has no easy target and often no particular target at all. It's filled with obviously fake painted backdrops and studio sets (though they're beautifully and moodily lit) and prop horses. Jokes like the ones here may elicit dead silence, but -- like the cult films Office Space, Zoolander, and Napoleon Dynamite -- Casa di mi Padre is the kind of thing that viewers may find themselves laughing at the next day, or upon a second or third viewing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Casa di mi Padre's extreme gore and violence. Is it clear that the scenes are meant to be funny/played for laughs? How can you tell?

  • The movie's lengthy sex scene is also seemingly played for laughs. Is it harder to portray tender emotions onscreen than it is to go over the top with crude humor? Why?

  • Is Ferrell's character a coward? Is it necessary to be violent to show bravery? What are other ways of showing bravery?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 16, 2012
DVD release date:July 17, 2012
Cast:Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Will Ferrell
Director:Matt Piedmont
Run time:84 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:bloody violence, language, some sexual content and drug use

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 16, 2012


Saw it today sucked almost walked out another few bucks. Down the drain...........
Teen, 17 years old Written byGamer1995 July 21, 2012


It was in Spanish but if you read it's funny
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byRedsox1995 August 15, 2012

In spanish

Funny if you read
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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