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Nacho Libre

Art House & International and Comedy movie directed by Jared Hess

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  • Apr 12, 2008
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Rating:
+3
Pros: very funny, perfect length, no sex or gory violence

Cons: some super silly moments, sure to make anyone roll their eyes

The Bottom Line: Nacho Libre is a funny movie decent for families with teenagers.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.

Well, Jack Black has done it again. A true master of characters, Black embodies Brother Ignacio, a Mexican friar at an orphanage and monastery, who moonlights as Nacho Libre, an amateur wrestler in the hit comedy Nacho Libre. Of course, wrestling is frowned upon by the members of his religion, so he must keep his identity as Nacho el Luchador a secret.

As a friar in the monestary, it is Ignacio’s responsibility to cook for the orphans, nuns and other friars.

Unfortunately, the monastery doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on groceries, so Ignacio is left to making and serving horrible food. One night, while in town picking up leftovers from a restaurant for the orphans, Nacho is attacked by Esqueleto, a vagrant living on the streets of the town.

Nacho recognizes wrestling potential in this poor man, and teams up with Esqueleto (Héctor Jiménez) as the newest wrestling tag team. The two compete in a local Lucha Libre wrestling tournament so that Nacho can win the $200 prize to buy better groceries for the orphans. They don't win the first match, but earn money anyway. This lights a fire in Nacho, who continues to wrestle not for the glory, but for the ability to help the children.

When a new nun, Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera), arrives at the monastery to be a new teacher for the orphans, Nacho tries to find out her feelings toward wrestling, as well as her feelings for him. He does his best to prove that wrestling isn't a sin, as long as it is done for the right reasons. Nacho even enters the Battle Royale tournament so that he can earn enough money to purchase a new bus for the orphanage.

Of course, Jack Black is absolutely hilarious. Newcomers Ana de la Reguera and Héctor Jiménez really hold their own next to this comedy giant. Even the orphans have their funny moments! Viewers will not be disappointed when it comes to the cast and chemistry, nor will they be disappointed in the story. Nacho Libre has the right balance of hilarity and touching moments, making it a must-see movie for everyone.

The Nacho Libre DVD was released on October 24,2006 and is a must-have for any Jack Black or wrestling fan. If you weren't able to see this flick in the theatre, make sure to take it home for movie night.

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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review by . July 15, 2010
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Wrasslin Jack Black
   If you have an appreciation of fake Mexican accents, tag team wrestling, or orphans, Nacho Libre is for you.  Jack Black takes on the lead in this hilarious Jared Hess movie.  Set in Mexico, it features Nacho, an orphan who grew up cooking meals for the monks and orphans of the monastery.  Since childhood, it was his dream to be a luchador, or Mexican wrestler.  Finally, Nacho has had enough and goes against the monks’ wishes and begins wrestling at night.  …
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Jack Black is lovable as usual. However, this film shows a double standard on body size. It is cute to have men and little boys be of a larger waist size, but a female who on the larger size is ugly and undesirable. The actress playing the larger size woman ridiculed was beautiful, but yet her character was put into a very negative light focusing on her size and her aggressiveness. The heroic female character was of thin size and fairly soft spoken. This movie would have been much more entertaining …
review by . April 25, 2010
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A movie starring Jack Black in tights - Nacho Libre had the potential to be a bomb or hilarious. Fortunately, it veers closer to the latter. Black, a monk at a Mexican monastery, has a secret obsession with wrestling. He sneaks out to wrestle, but constantly loses. As the cover suggests, the film's comedy is pretty outrageous and odd, such when Black gets defeated by the midget "Satan's Cavemen" tag-team. It's hard to say why exactly the movie is funny, but it's probably just a mix of Jack Black's …
review by . April 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A movie starring Jack Black in tights - Nacho Libre had the potential to be a bomb or hilarious. Fortunately, it veers closer to the latter. Black, a monk at a Mexican monastery, has a secret obsession with wrestling. He sneaks out to wrestle, but constantly loses. As the cover suggests, the film's comedy is pretty outrageous and odd, such when Black gets defeated by the midget "Satan's Cavemen" tag-team. It's hard to say why exactly the movie is funny, but it's probably just a mix of Jack Black's …
review by . April 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A movie starring Jack Black in tights - Nacho Libre had the potential to be a bomb or hilarious. Fortunately, it veers closer to the latter. Black, a monk at a Mexican monastery, has a secret obsession with wrestling. He sneaks out to wrestle, but constantly loses. As the cover suggests, the film's comedy is pretty outrageous and odd, such when Black gets defeated by the midget "Satan's Cavemen" tag-team. It's hard to say why exactly the movie is funny, but it's probably just a mix of Jack Black's …
review by . April 29, 2009
This farce on the Mexican wrestling scene is not one of Black's better comedies ("Shallow Hal" and "School of Rock" were far superior) though it does have its entertaining moments. Black is a friar in a Mexican type of convent for orphans who is in charge of the chef duties. Basically, the food consists of a type of gruel with nachos (I guess when you combine nacho with lucha libre you get the title). Black sees an advertisement where he can earn 200 pesos as a tag team. He convinces a derelict, …
review by . February 20, 2007
This farce on the Mexican wrestling scene is not one of Black's better comedies ("Shallow Hal" and "School of Rock" were far superior) though it does have its entertaining moments. Black is a friar in a Mexican type of convent for orphans who is in charge of the chef duties. Basically, the food consists of a type of gruel with nachos (I guess when you combine nacho with lucha libre you get the title). Black sees an advertisement where he can earn 200 pesos as a tag team. He convinces a derelict, …
review by . January 03, 2007
Pros: Jack Black, Jared Hess writing, unique humor and filming style.     Cons: generally too silly to be funny     The Bottom Line: Clean humor all ages film. Mexican wrestling humor is not for everybody.     I like Jack Black. I have enjoyed all of his films Saving Silverman, Shallow Hal, School of Rock, King Kong, and find him generally funny. His face, his posture, his girth, his expressions, he's just a funny guy but with a big heart. …
review by . December 29, 2006
Nacho Libre is a ridiculously funny movie. All of my favorite comedies are completely silly, and Nacho Libre is no exception. There is plenty of stuff that makes no sense, as you can pretty much tell from the first "training" scene. But the chemistry is there with the cast and the script is so off-the-wall that you have to be completely lacking a sense of humor to not crack up while watching Nacho Libre. Director Hess does a great job in giving Black freedom to steal the show. The movie depicts …
review by . December 11, 2006
I didn't even bother to read reviews for Nacho Libre but seeing it with anything below three stars to me is unfair. I seriously don't understand why some people even attempt to watch a film like this knowing it is out of their field of funny. I actually enjoyed Nacho and it hit dead on to my expectations. Plain and simple the film is about a man Named Ignacio who is the cook for a Mexican monastery orphanage that doesn't have money for good food and spices. Ignacio gets up every morning to make …
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This Jack Black vehicle seems, on the surface, like a perfect fit for the actor: an opportunity to showcase Black's unique style with the extreme facial gestures and exuberant physicality that have become his forte. Black plays Ignacio, a lowly cook in a monastery in central Mexico who feeds orphans by day, and wrestles in the town square at night. Ignacio teams up with Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez), a street urchin who tormented him, to form a tag-team duo that goes up against the strangest wrestlers Mexico has to offer. Besides doing it for money to feed the orphans, Ignacio is also fighting to win the forbidden affections of Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera) with predictable difficulty. While the movie has likeable characters and the plot is enjoyable enough, it can’t overcome its plodding pace and formulaic structure enough to keep the movie interesting throughout. Jack Black is a very strong comedic actor, and the wrestling scenes offer plenty of chances for slapstick, physical comedy, but watching him run around in red briefs and blue tights amounts to half the laughs in the movie, and there’s just not enough here for him to really work with. When he plays a more well-formed character, as inandHigh Fidelity, his strengths really show. But inNacho Librehe’s saddled with a caricature. Weighed down by too much low-brow humor and a script that goes nowhere,Nacho Librejust can’t make full enough use of Black’s talents to overcome the ...
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Director: Jared Hess
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 16, 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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