New in Theaters:
Casa de mi Padre
There are good old gags and there are stale old gags. Some stopped working decades ago due to overuse and some never grow old. The Will Ferrell Spanish-language toss-off Casa de mi Padre is full of gags that are neither of these, as well as a couple of the stale variety. The one where a group of guys laugh long and hard at a joke and then keep laughing, and laughing, and laughing? That joke’s here. It doesn’t augur well for what’s to follow. While Ferrell works up a sweat trying to translate his trademark dunderheaded obstinacy into laughs, the effort is spread too thin over fallow material…
Casa de mi Padre opens today in limited release. You can read my full review at filmcritic.com.