"Set in the stately and majestic colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, this quirky comedy starring Hector Bonilla, Benny Ibarra de Llano, Jacqueline Bracamontes, Arturo Barba and Sergio Mayer Mori, follows 85-year old Don Servando Villegas (Bonilla) an old-fashioned Mexican patriarch who gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior. When his estranged son, Francisco (Ibarra) is forced to take him into the house full of hippies he shares with his girlfriend and young son, 'new age' collides with old age as Don Servando and his son experience a series of conflicts and situations that put their home's stability in jeopardy. This film is a story about family: the one we're born into and the one we create along the way." That is the official description for Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse), now available on DVD and Digital HD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a NFR copy for review.
First off, keep in mind that this is a foreign language film, so if you don't speak Spanish, you'll be reading English subtitles. With that said, Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse) is a fun film about a non-traditional family with an overbearing father that learns some new lessons throughout the story. It's both comedy and drama with characters that include the grumpy father himself, the not so conservative son, the son's live-in girlfriend, the grandson, a Cuban musician, an Englishman, a gay couple, and Homero the pot grower. All of these characters are living under one roof and they all have to deal with each other, both the good and the bad.
While the story centers around the relationship between Don Servando and his son Francisco, the interactions between the rest of the cast and Don Servando equally lend entertainment value to the film. They each in their own way contribute to the education and transformation of the Don Servando character. In one way or another, I think viewers can relate to at least some part of the story.
As this is a DVD release, there's nothing to really discuss in regards to the technical aspects. Both video and audio provide a nice viewing experience for the audience. And while the film showcases many of the wonderful sights and sounds of Mexican culture throughout, the film is mainly about the emotional experiences of the characters.
Although the film follows the well-known plot of a dysfunctional family with stubborn elderly who are set in their ways, it's still a fun and enjoyable watch because of the excellent performances that we experience from Bonilla and the rest of the cast. I think viewers will like it.
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