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CASA DE MI PADRE (2012)
 
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Release Date: March 16, 2012 (limited)
Studio: Pantelion Films
Director: Matt Piedmont
Screenwriter: Andrew Steele
Starring: Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Nick Offerman
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: Rated R for bloody violence, language, some sexual content and drug use
Official Website: CasaDeMiPadreMovie.com

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
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CASA DE MI PADRE (2012) Visual Review
Armando Alvarez is an earnest, gentle soul, a dreamer. He has lived at and worked on his father's ranch his entire life. He has a special bond with nature and enjoys his life in the countryside. He is the local patron saint of animals and lost causes. So what if he is not exactly un cientifico de la NASA or suspiciously never seems to be too interested in women? He is kind and dependable and loves his family - especially his brother Raul. It is clear to everyone that they are siblings, they have so much in common. Their last name - for instance - they share that.



(iPad/iPhone here) Trailer: The life Armando knew, everything he believed is turned upside down. His simple existence undergoes a sea change. Slowly he begins to embrace his manhood, to understand who he is, to accept his destiny. A magical white mountain lion helps. It's tricky but ultimately makes perfect sense - to Armando, anyway.


Theme: Family Conflicts
Raul is the shining star in the Alvarez clan. He is a sophisticated, suave and slick international businessman. Charismatic and successful, he has earned his father's respect. Armando? Not so much. Still, Armando is happy and loyal and has only the utmost affection and admiration for his father and brother.


Director: Matt Piedmont is an Emmy Award winning writer, producer and director living in Venice, California.


Will Ferrell as Armando
Ferrell describes his character, Armando Alvarez, as "a very sweet, earnest soul. He loves his family, he loves his father and brother. Armando may not be the smartest guy but he has great intuition and a corazon grande." As it turns out, his quirky charm ultimately wins the affections of his brother Raul's beautiful fiancé Sonia, played by Genesis Rodriguez.


Genesis Rodriguez as Sonia
Rodriguez has appeared in 150 episodes of the telenovela "Prisonera."
She was the first actress they saw for the part.


Adrian Martinez as Manuel, Efren Ramirez as Esteban and Will Ferrell as Armando.


Raul's machinations will eventually lead them all into a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza. The stakes are incredibly high. There are many guns and cigarettes. Yet Armando feels no fear. La Onza will soon find that he has never tangled with anyone quite like Armando Alvarez!



(iPad/iPhone here) Featurette: Part 1
Director Piedmont: "Most of the inspiration for the movie came from old Mexican movies and Spaghetti Westerns and even old, classic Hollywood films with dramatic themes. Telenovelas were the little extra flavoring on top thrown in."



(iPad/iPhone here) Featurette: Part 2
Will Farrell: "Probably the easiest label to put on this movie is that it's a little bit of an homage to telenovelas, it kind of dips its toe into all of that and yet at the same time its more complicated than that. It's a telenovela meets bad kind of Mexican-Western meets a Tarantino film. It's all of these fun elements rolled into one. It's not just the joke of a telenovela movie, it comments on all these things."



(iPad/iPhone here) Featurette: Part 3
For writer Andrew Steele, writing a comedy entirely in Spanish was particularly tricky, especially since part of the joke is that the dialogue is often purposefully stilted, bad and therefore funny. "I don't speak Spanish so writing the script was a little worrisome for me. After I finished the English version, I had to find a translator who was willing to sit down with me and go over practically every line… I love bad writing. It's hard for a translator to read it and not want to fix things that I deliberately wrote poorly. I felt sorry for the guy because in the audition phase, actors would actually tell me the translation was bad. They would say something like, 'Well, no Mexican would speak that way.' And I would have to explain that 'No American would speak that way either.' And they would either get it or they would not.”


"Honestly, I loved everything about it," director Piedmont says. "I thought the script was brilliant. Of course it was funny but it also had drama, action and weirdness - all the stuff I love. It has a story that could be told in a uniquely visual way. The chance to do a movie with shoot-outs and an emotionally satisfying story sold me.”


THE COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT
For actor Will Farrell, writer Andrew Steele and director Matt Piedmont it was the "collaborative spirit" tjhat hearkened back to the trio's days at Saturday Night Live and then on Funny or Die. Casa de mi Padre was an opportunity to get the band back together.


“We allowed ourselves to be terrible actors, which was very tough.” --Will Farrell


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