A Mexican priest secretly moonlights as a masked wrestler in order to save an orphanage from closure. View more >
some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue
Starring Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez... View more >
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"Nacho Libre" is the second feature from writer-director Jared Hess, who was the mastermind behind "Napolean Dynamite". That movie seems to have split the audience in two: either you love it or you hate it. The same is likely to be true for "Nacho Libre". It features much of the same type of humor: weird stuff happens for no reason, we laugh, weird characters do weird things without seeming to know how weird they are, we laugh.
Personally I love "Napolean Dynamite", so I'm predisposed to love this flick as well. However it's not quite as good as its predecessor. Mostly this has to do with the fart jokes that inexplicably pop up every now and then, and also with Jack Black himself. Don't get me wrong, I think Jack Black is not only hysterical but also a very talented actor in his own right (see King Kong). However in this movie he is playing someone very much NOT Jack Black, and while he does it pitch-perfect most of the time, every once in awhile his accent goes away and somewhere in the back of your mind he's screaming "ROOOOOOOCK AND ROOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL" as he leaps off the stage in "School of Rock". In a movie whose humor is mostly subtle, this seems more like shameless mugging than acting. Thankfully it only pops up a few times and not often enough to ruin the movie.
Everything else worked very well for me. Plenty of hilarious scenes (the midget wrestlers are terrifying), wonderful music, and good performances all around. I was also surprised that Hess managed to include a really strong message in this film without it seeming too sappy or corny; much of this has to do with Jack Black delivering his lines with such gusto that you're too busy laughing to remember how cheesy what he just said was.
So, See Now if you like the sort of humor offered up by "Napolean Dynamite". See Now if you like Jack Black. You should think twice, however, if you thought Napolean Dynamite was pointless and unfunny (I know it's been said). So for me, *** out of 4.
A dumb comedy about a monk who moonlights as a Mexican westler in order to save an orpanage. Jack Black is fun as he's suits up for ring action, but the laughts are nowhere in sight. The only message that came from that movie is that Mexico has pride in their wrestlers, but if you're a WWE viewer, yopu p[robaby get the same message. So what's the use of seeing this comedy that is totaly empty on laughts. I expect better things from Jack Black after "King Kong," or do I expect too much.
Cute, funny, somewhat lovable character. Entertaining, previews accurate portrayl.
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