The son (Will Ferrell) of a rancher unwittingly gets into a war with a local drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal) after his supposedly wealthy brother (Diego Luna) turns out to be unable to settle the family's financial troubles in this Spanish-language comedy from Gary Sanchez Productions. Frequent Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay (STEP BROTHERS, THE OTHER GUYS) produces, with Funny or Die's Matt Piedmont handling direction duties.
3 stars out of 4 -- "This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy....The over-the-top melodramatic story, written by Andrew Steele is ridiculously funny..." (USA Today)
"[A] south-of-the-border BONANZA with faux-schlocky production values — a goofy mix of cornball earnestness, telenovela melodrama and, for good measure, magical realism with stuffed animals." (Los Angeles Times)
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's surrealist, elbow-to-the-ribs humor....By nature, Ferrell's just so sincere that he pulls the movie off..." (Box Office)
"[I]f you take the film on its own terms, as a kind of Elvis movie dipped in guacamole, it's quirkily engrossing. Ferrell is a good straight actor for the same reason that he's an inspired comedian: He commits himself to every moment." -- Grade: B (Entertainment Weekly)
"The movie is a jolly send-up of horse operas on Telemundo....It's fitfully amusing..." (Wall Street Journal)
3 stars out of 5 -- "Veterans of sketch comedy, director Matt Piedmont and scripter Andrew Steele keep the laughs flowing..." (Total Film)