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Casa De Mi Padre

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jul 31, 2012
Casa De Mi Padre

When the "Making of" documentary short is much funnier, more interesting, has a better plot and is more tightly directed than the main feature, you're in trouble.

Will Farrell meant "Casa De Mi Padre" as a spoof of over-the-top melodramas churned out by film studios in Mexico, one of the largest cinema colonies in the world. "Casa" has elements of the Western, family revenge and especially telenovelas.

That's not to say there aren't funny moments. There are plenty. But they're too infrequent and repeated too many times.

The problem is that the concept was lot funnier than the execution. The final film is a tiresomely directed mishmash of jokes, puns, language mix-ups and visuals that occur far, far too infrequently. Farrell & Co. should have watched "Airplane" a few more times. The reason why "Airplane" is such a beloved classic because every frame is packed with wildly over-the-top humor.

The main -- only, really -- reason to watch the DVD is for that "Making of," in which the star and co-stars like Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna laugh about how much fun it was to make fun of the kinds of films they usually play for straight.

There are also deleted scenes included in the DVD, which seems like the cruelest joke of all, since the film itself has so many scenes that should have been edited if not eliminated altogether.

This is actually a good example of a movie that is much better to watch on DVD than in the theater: You can fast-forward through the draggy bits, the cheesiness looks more appropriate on the small screen; and you can go get a beer or visit the bathroom without missing much.

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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