Casa De Mi Padre is a one-joke movie that sprung from the mind of Will Ferrell. He thought it would be funny to do a film in which he speaks Spanish. Given that his stock has dropped in Hollywood (he's one of its least bankable stars), it's no surprise to find that the end result is forgettable fluff. Inspired by overly melodramatic Mexican soap operas, the film focuses on the unloved son of a rancher (Ferrell) who falls for his brother's fiancee (the eye-catching Genesis Rodriguez). Cue lots of arch acting, fake back-drops, cheap animatronic animals and deliberate continuity errors in a desperate attempt to make you laugh. The problem is that for a comedy, it's fatally unfunny. The audience I was with barely struggled to get past a mild chuckle. As a short film, it would be fine. But even at 85 minutes, it's a stretch. File it under F for Forgettable. Let's hope that Anchorman 2 will save Ferrell's faltering career.
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