Saturday Night Live. An institution that so kindly gave us Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Fallon whilst inflicting upon us Adam Sandler and Chevy Chase. An institution that first grouped together writers Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont with Will Ferrell. It’s a trio that has produced some fair success. Even as Ferrell’s box-office stock is surprisingly low (with the exception of Anchorman), the alliance has come together once more for a typically Ferrell role, only this time; it’s in Spanish.

The story goes that Armando Ernesto (Ferrell) lives on his father Miguel’s (Pedro Armendariz Jr; Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Mask of Zorro) ranch in Mexico. He’s a ridiculed and slow member of the family, something that is only accentuated by the return of his brother Raul (Diego Luna; Milk, The Terminal) from America. Raul’s fiancée Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez: Man on a Ledge, Entourage) becomes the typical romantic interest of the highest order of beauty and the film proceeds from there.

This would all be a little boring in isolation if not for one kind of important detail; there’s a criminal organisation who called the Onza, led by their eponymous drug lord, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education). Oh, and Raul’s a drug dealer too. Before you know it, poor Armando and his companions are in the middle of a full on drug war.

I know what you’re thinking; not exactly a laugh-a-minute comedy. Luckily, that’s where you’re wrong. The gags start with cliché-jabbing script writing and continue through a Muppets-esque set and even a Jim Henson built white tiger who acts as a kind of guru within one or two very strange moments within this film.
It’s in this fankly weird environment that Casa makes its mark. Whilst the plot is simple and the jokes basic, the quality with which it's all delivered and the setting in which the whole thing occurs is both entertaining and endearing at the same time. Ferrell’s performance is of his usual calliber and it must be noted that all of his lines are in Spanish. The acute awareness of all involved in the film that it’s quite ‘dumb’ in parts is what makes it intelligent and as such, it points out that you don’t need to have 3D or a billion dollar budget to make something that’s enjoyable.

Challenging? Groundbreaking? Your new favourite movie? No, of course not. An entertaining watch that’ll have most people of a relaxed nature laughing? Claro que si!