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Parents' Guide to

Casa de mi Padre

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, crude Spanish Will Ferrell comedy not for everyone.

Movie R 2012 84 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

It's A-OK

Kids loved it great movie all around a little vulgar but great.

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Too much violence

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Our review:
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Kids say (7 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 16, 2012
  • On DVD or streaming: July 17, 2012
  • Cast: Diego Luna , Gael Garcia Bernal , Will Ferrell
  • Director: Matt Piedmont
  • Inclusion Information: Latino actors
  • Studio: Pantelion
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: bloody violence, language, some sexual content and drug use
  • Last updated: February 24, 2023

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