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If you take the film on its own terms, as a kind of Elvis movie dipped in guacamole, it's quirkily engrossing. Ferrell is a good straight actor for the same reason that he's an inspired comedian: He commits himself to every moment.
This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy.
Casa de Mi Padre is at its best (a relative term, mind you) when it's at its silliest and most surreal.
It's a funny movie, although rarely is the humor of the loud, obnoxious kind we have come to associate with Ferrell. It's not unlike "Blazing Saddles."
The film feels ultimately hollow, perhaps because mocking soap operas is the comic's equivalent of shooting fish tacos in a barrel. In fact, the concept for Casa de mi Padre seems born out of one too many tequila-infused evenings in the Funny or Die writers' room.
Luckily, Ferrell is at his funniest being serious. Casa de Mi Padre, shot in 24 days for $6 million, is really an SNL-ish sketch stretched to feature length. But Ferrell is an hombre loco. Mi gusta.
Miami Herald
The fact that the entire film is in Spanish, and Ferrell plays a Mexican named Armando, are two of the tamest elements in the movie.
This Spanish-lingo farce plays very much like an SNL sketch. The only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10.
For a movie with a comedic premise this simple - essentially: can you believe we made a movie with a premise this simple? - Casa de Mi Padre can feel pretty exhausting.
It's really strange, and it's really subtitled.
Los Angeles Times
The giddy laughs that ensue, though sometimes inspired, are too few and far between.
It's an unfunny Spanish movie that worked best as a two-minute trailer.

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