The best joke of Casa de Mi Padre is that it exists at all. Nearly entirely in Spanish, with Will Ferrell playing a Mexican ranching heir alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, the film is like an extended crank call from Mexico, so elaborately planned you can't bring yourself to hang up. It's a parody of Mexican telenovelas so artificial that it becomes a send-up of the absurdity of making movies at all. Once you're hip to the gag, it's transfixing but often boring—except when it gives voice to anti-American sentiments, which are vituperative and fiercely funny. "We will kill each other feeding the shit-eating crazy monster babies," Ferrell warns. Yes, we are the shit-eating crazy monster babies. Fair enough: Let's eat some shit.
- Showing at: Laurelhurst Theater.
- Best paired with: Ninkasiâs Helles Belles.
- Also showing: Jaws (Hollywood Theatre).