If The Other Guys didn't give you your fill of Will Farrell (or you want to try something a bit stranger), then perhaps this would interest you; Farrell teamed up with just about every major player in the Mexican movie industry to create an entirely-in-Spanish comedy lampooning the traditional over-the-top telenovela style. Essentially, Farrell plays Armando Alvarez, the somewhat slow (but genuine) son of a well-off Mexican ranch owner, and he must save the ranch and the day from evil drug cartel members. The more you know about Mexico or Mexican programming, the closer to home this film will hit for you. It's very entertaining and clearly was made as a labor of love; whether you speak Spanish or not, there is a lot to like about this film, and it's a very easy recommendation for both fans of Farrell and those who think he's a bit played out at this point.
THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
This movie is loaded with Naked Gun type gags that make it really accessible for everyone, but the true gem here is how many tropes of Mexican daytime TV get mocked. The whole script is needlessly flowery and silly, and as someone who speaks Spanish, I was utterly amazed at how proficient at the language Will Farrell is. The best part is that even though he's super white, no one even seems to notice, which adds this extra layer of comedy when he's over-enunciating like he's onstage in a theater production at actors and actresses who clearly are speaking in a very natural tone. The script is awesome, the plot is fully aware of how contrived the general story is, and everything is acted excellently. Considering all the humor has to work in two languages at once, it's all very natural and manages to do the unthinkable by genuinely being funny. Also, and this may be minor to some, the costuming and music kicks as much ass as the wardrobe and soundtrack in Mexican westerns tend to.
This movie is pretty damn silly. Anyone who's seen El Sabado Gigante is already going to be used to this, but even so, if you aren't a fan of sight gags, you may find this movie tiresome. Also, the whole movie is in Spanish except for an English speaker at the very beginning warning you that it's entirely in Spanish. This should tip you off that this film has a good deal of meta humor in it, which I have heard does not float everyone's boat. Also, it really does shine mostly for those who have seen enough latino programming to catch the fairly large number of references the movie makes, meaning it may be less of an experience for you if that's not really your thing. Considering this was made for Americans, though, it really does translate well.
THE ATMOSPHERE: Date Night, Casual Gathering, Cocktail Party
This really is a nice movie for casual occasions. Being that it's PG-13 and could conceivably be referred to as a cultural experience, it works for situations where less graphic material is desired. It's genuinely funny, has an easy to follow story, and is legitimately well made as a movie. You could do worse than to put it on for some open-minded, relaxed guests, and I hope you do! It really deserves more attention than it got.
Once for each simile or metaphor
Twice for each tobacco product smoked onscreen
Thrice for each time you hear or read English (excluding subtitles)
(Cartel Killer mode) Take a shot for each person who gets shot
YES, THIS IS AN INSANE CLOWN POSSE MOVIE. NO, DO NOT CLOSE THE WINDOW. Just bear with me. I know what it looks like. I, too, was dubious when my friend Drew recommended it to me. And he, too, told me to bear with him. I am so glad I did. On the back of the box of this movie, it says that it is for juggalos exclusively(ICP fans, for those who don't know the parlance), but upon viewing it, that is wholly not the case. What it is, in fact, is an uproariously self-referential crime comedy where Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J of ICP (I hate that I know their names now) play a hardboiled cop and a crime lord in conflict in the streets of New York City. The story is mundane, but the constant fourth-wall-breaking dialogue and unsubtle gags make for an excellent, genuinely funny film to drink to. Also, it features a cameo of the Misfits, Dolemite (the real one!) and a legitimate actor that you might not expect!
Jason Statham reprises his role as hitman-trying-to-go-legit Chev Chelios in a movie that takes place immediately after the end of Crank (which we have previously reviewed). This time, his heart has been stolen by Chinese gangster Poon Dong (played by David Carradine in his last ever role) and Chelios must regularly electrocute himself to keep his Jarvis artificial heart™ charged. Most characters from the first movie show up again in this excessively meta action comedy from the Neveldine/Taylor director duo. Oh, and if you thought that Crank was slightly over the top, you should know that while the directors wanted to parody action movies in general with Crank, they intended to parody Crank with Crank 2: High Voltage. It's even more absurd than it sounds.