A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- In theaters: March 16, 2012
- On DVD or streaming: July 17, 2012
- Cast: Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Will Ferrell
- Director: Matt Piedmont
- Studio: Pantelion
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 84 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: bloody violence, language, some sexual content and drug use
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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