With the comedy team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (writer/star and writer/director of Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers), the concept of making a high-on-concept, low-on-brains foreign language comedy isn’t all that shocking. Casting Y Tu Mama Tambien leads Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal (as Ferrell’s younger brother and chief rival, respectively) is also inspired in that expected, just-missing-the-zeitgeist, way they do so well. Like Ricky Bobby’s absolute assurance that Highlander was the greatest film of all time. What is surprising, though, is that it all seems like it’s going to work. If not as hugely successful blockbuster comedy, then as a unique experiment in the duo’s evolution — in contrast to, say, the Farrelly brothers’ apparent regression.
If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer:
I suppose it could end up being a Funny or Die sketch that should have ended 85 minutes sooner, but I imagine Jack Black is cursing the existence of Nacho Libre, because Casa de mi Padre looks like it gets at what that movie may have, at one point in time, been trying to achieve. I think it also puts the Tim & Eric movie’s trailer to shame, by actually mining laughter (or, at least, waxing interest) in a joke’s absurdity. I admit that I could just be partial to the joke, considering I tried something like that in college. But the poster below captures the spirit of spaghetti westerns pretty well, as well as having a touch of the Three Amigos for good measure.