Will Ferrell's Spanish-Language Comedy Finding Its Way To The States
Everybody likes some version of Will Ferrell. Whether it’s the version we see most--the over-the-top caricature he plays in almost every film--or the more subdued actor we see in films like Stranger than Fiction that are more understated and quirky than in-your-face and slapstick. Ferrell’s talent is boundless, and he’s taken that talent overseas with Casa de mi Padre.
The film was recently picked up by Lionsgate’s Hispanic arm, Pantelion, for distribution here in the US, making it the label’s largest release yet. The film follows Ferrell’s Armando Alvarez who is tasked with solving his father’s financial troubles at his ranch, but a love for his brother’s fiancee and a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord get in his way.
Padre, directed by first-timer Matt Piedmont, bends nationalities with Ferrell a bit since his family is Irish, but the rest of the cast is a veritable who’s who of Spanish actors including the abundantly talented Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, and Efren Ramirez. The trailer sets this up with no doubt to be a comedy, but it clearly is leaning heavily on the tropes of Mexican cinema and western classics for its jokes.
The film will hit stateside March 16, 2012, so get used to reading subtitles with your films. Likely you won’t be able to get a hold of a dubbed version (and you shouldn’t anyway, just deal with the subs) for quite some time so if you really want to enjoy this movie for what it is, get to the theater and suck it up.
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