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Casa de mi Padre



Violent, crude Spanish Will Ferrell comedy not for everyone.
  • 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.

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/Streaming 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, 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
Educator and Parent Written bySuprememother May 27, 2013

It's A-OK

Kids loved it great movie all around a little vulgar but great.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bydouble007 October 10, 2012

Enjoyable Spanish comedy is quite funny.

I found this movie quite enjoyable. The acting wasn't all that great, but that's what made it funny, because the acting was meant to be bad. Casa de mi Padre is an exaggerated spoof, and you need to remember that when you watch it, or you won't enjoy it at all. Theres only a few scenes of violence in the film, but they do contain some bloody deaths resulting from gunshots. There almost constant flirting between Armando and his brother's fiance, which eventually leads to a very silly sex scene. It's not too graphic, but they are seen grabbing eachothers butts aggresively. There's also quite a bit of drug content in the movie, considering the whole thing revolves around drug dealers and the cartel. A couple parts show a man snorting exaggerated amounts of cocaine. The langauge isn't all that bad, theres probably around 20 uses of f**k, but it's all subtitled so you don't really need to worry about that. Overall Violence 7/10, sex 6/10, drug content 6/10, and langauge 5/10. I would give the movie a total 7.5/10 because I found it quite funny and very interesting the way it was made.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking