Audiences have proven in the past that they'll flock to film remakes of beloved (and on occasion, not so beloved) television shows. The huge opening weekend of '21 Jump Street' proves something that's just plain satisfying to know: they'll also flock to film remakes of beloved television shows that happen to actually be, well, good. Actually, it's the only film in the top ten this week with a certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (86%, if you were wondering).
Casa De Mi Padre
I'm not sure what's more surprising: that 'Casa De Mi Padre' isn't funny or that it isn't really trying to be funny. The only "joke" here is the film itself -- one long put-on about Will Ferrell pretending to be a Latino heartthrob in a mostly straight-faced and entirely under-funded Mexican melodrama about cattle ranchers fighting drug dealers. Beyond a few winking nods to Ferrell's country of origin and 'Casa''s intentionally low-fi aesthetic, this is more a playful homage than a blistering satire (think 'Grindhouse,' not 'Anchorman'). Ferrell's presence at the center of it all makes this one of the most admirably strange movies by a major Hollywood star in recent memory, though not an entirely satisfying one.