If you ever needed a definitive case against vanity projects, “Casa De Mi Padre” should be the first bullet-point of your presentation. Conceptually, it’s a Funny or Die video that is somehow allowed to last longer than three minutes. An hour and twenty minutes longer, as a matter of fact. At half the length of “The Dark Knight Rises,” it still manages to feel twice as long. How that’s even possible still baffles me.
All the humor of Will Ferrell’s tacky Spanglish speaking is drained by the opening credits. Any sort of political statement the movie was trying to make has already been made by Robert Rodriguez in “Machete,” a parody movie that also did in “Casa De Mi Padre” by using all the tricks of self-referential Mexploitation films first – and also better. I didn’t even care for Rodriguez’s film all that much, but it had something that screenwriter Andrew Steele couldn’t provide this movie: a plot!
Every scene in “Casa De Mi Padre” just feels like a new YouTube video from the same Mexploitation parody channel with most of the same actors. It’s not just that the tongue-in-cheek casting of Will Ferrell gets old incredibly quickly. You could cast Antonio Banderas or Javier Bardem, and even if they put on a comedic game face, they couldn’t salvage the sheer juvenility of the movie. It’s so stupid that it makes those weird Adult Swim animated shows look like high art.
So if you’re still curious about how low comedy can go and “The Watch” wasn’t nearly torturous enough for you, by all means, check out “Casa De Mi Padre.” You may wish Thomas Edison hadn’t pioneered the craft of film to begin with. D- /