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Casa de Mi Padre / Rated R for language, sex, nudity, violence, drug use, cheap sets, a bad script and bad acting.

First off, and before you even consider seeing CDMP, you must keep in mind this film is shot in Spanish and is subtitled. First the bad news. Since the film is made to be visually funny, the fact that you have to keep an eye on the bottom of the screen reading, reading, reading means you may miss the on screen jokes. The good news is that the script is so bad you can skip the subtitles. And, even better, you can read the subtitles and skip the bad on-screen visuals which are about as funny as sitting on a spiny Agave plant.

This movie is meant to be a take off on Westerns and Mexican dramas. The combination turns out to be as entertaining as trying to blow up a flat tire using your lungs and mouth. Will Farrell stars as Armando Alvarez. He lives on the Rancho of his dad. They raise cattle. WF’s brother Raul is a drug dealer. A love triangle springs up when Raul brings his girlfriend to the ranch to get married. Her uncle, the bad guy drug dealer in the area, wants her back. So begins a tale of revenge, killing and torture. All played out to be funny. Those members of the audience that snickered (no actual laughter) were the same group that probably rolled around on the floor shrieking with joy during the shower scene in Psycho.

The film is made to be deliberately bad. This is its only success. There are really terrible painted backdrops in the outdoor scenes. Horribly phony miniature models, fake animals, horse back riding without even pretending to be on actual horses, all accompanied by a script that was also, hopefully, bad on purpose. There are also dubbed musical interludes. At least they provide a break from the script.

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This film actually makes Plan 9 from Outer Space look like competent movie making. Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, The Last Skeleton Returns Again, Trail of the Screaming Forehead and Dark and Stormy Night) has shown how good deliberately bad movies can be. CDMP shows just the opposite. While I recommend you check out any of Blamire’s films, in the case of CDMP I recommend just the opposite.

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