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  • 3.0

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    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.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Violent, crude Spanish Will Ferrell comedy not for everyone.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    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.

  • rolemodels true2

    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).

What to watch for
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    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.

  • sex false4

    Sex: 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.

  • language false4

    Language: 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.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and 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.