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July 26, 2012
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By Jared Curtis

‘Casa de mi Padre’

Directed by Matt Piedmont

Rated R, 84 minutes

When people think of Will Ferrell, they don’t think of overly dramatic and cheaply made Spanish telenovelas. But that’s why “Casa de mi Padre” works so well. Filmed entirely in Spanish (it has subtitles), the story follows rancher Armando Alvarez (Ferrell). When his brother Raul (Diego Luna) returns home with stories of wealth and plans to save the family farm, all seems right. But soon Armando falls in love with his brother’s fiancé and discovers Raul’s business is with a powerful drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal), and the two are at war. Armando, with the help of his father’s rifle, sets out to kill whoever tries to take his simple way of life. Although Will Ferrell is the star, “Casa de mi Padre” isn’t for the average Ferrell fans as the painted backdrops, stuffed animals and quick cuts offers a grindhouse vibe. If you can get past the craziness, “Casa de mi Padre” will offer plenty of laughs. CV

‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’

Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans

1988, Rated R, 88 minutes

Before Keenen Ivory Wayans became a household name with the hilarious Fox sketch show “In Living Color,” he lovingly made fun of the classic ’70s blaxploitation films in the hilarious genre spoof “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” After returning home from the war, Jack Spade (Wayans) finds the gold chain trade has taken over the streets, with people wearing more gold chains than they could handle. When his brother Junebug dies from an OG, otherwise known as OverGold, Spade sets out to clean up the streets. He enlists the help of his childhood idol, John Slade (Bernie Casey), a bad mofo from ’70s blaxploitation movies who brings along a number of friends (including Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes, Antonio Fargas and Steve James). Together they bring down the gold chain trade. A lot of spoof films have fallen flat over the years, but “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” still holds up. CV

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