Andrew Ferguson's book 'Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College' is pretty self-explanatory. A concerned father wants his son to get into the best school, so he tries everything to get some sort of advantage. Sounds like a high-concept comedy, so - as Deadline Hollywood is reporting - it's no surprise that New Line bought it as a possible star Vehicle for Will Ferrell.
Will Ferrell was a guest on Conan last night to talk about his new film, 'Casa de mi Padre'. During his segment, after discussing a weird sex scene in the film, Ferrell talks about his brother, Terry, who lives on the Warner Bros. lot. You see, Terry used to work on the show 'Gilmore Girls' and after the show ended, Terry just didn't want to leave (rumor has it he is the cause of the show ending).
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.
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