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Nacho is a lowly slop cook at an orphanage who secretly dreams of becoming a famous Mexican wrestler. Moonlighting in disguise, he is ultimately exposed and excommunicated by the church. But when he defeats Mexico's most feared Luchador, and gives his winnings to the orphans, he becomes a local hero.
Comedy - It's obvious from the promotional material that this is a silly
comedy. Fortunately, I believe most will not feel that it gets too
silly too often. The humor is primarily due to the silliness so it
may not appeal to everyone.
PROFANITY: None SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some wrestling violence. Nothing graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: The only action is a few wrestling scenes. COMEDY: Lots of silly humor. 10 smiles, 18 chuckles and 4 laughs.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Nacho Libre goes off the rails with its over-the-top satire and intentional campiness failing to generate many laughs. The film starts out funny, but it doesn't take long for it to become tedious.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Jack Black is not very funny in "Nacho Libre," and that requires some meditation. Jack Black is essentially, intrinsically and instinctively a funny actor. The problem is not its content but its style. It is curiously disjointed. Episodes meander on and off the screen without much conviction.
USA TodayFull Review Good The humor is unabashedly juvenile but not mean-spirited. And Black and Jimenez have a Laurel-and-Hardy anti-hero quality that works comedically. Not only is the story oddly endearing, but the setting is distinctive and picturesque.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 74 moviegoers:These are excellent opinions, especially considering the type of movie this is (silly). Approximately three-quarters rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic." That's Great! Neither age or gender made much difference. Either a person loved it or didn't care much for it. Fortunately, there were many more who loved it. If you like Jack Black and silly stories I can certainly recommend "Nacho Libre."
Nacho (Jack Black) is a man without skills. After growing up in a Mexican
monastery, he is now a grown man and the monastery's cook, but doesn't seem
to fit in. Nacho cares deeply for the orphans he feeds, but his food is terrible -
mostly, if you ask him, a result of his terrible ingredients. He realizes he must
hatch a plan to make money to buy better food for "the young orphans, who
have nothing" (…and if in doing so Nacho can impress the lovely Sister
Encarnación, that would be a big plus).
When Nacho is struck by the idea to earn money as a Lucha Libre wrestler,
he finds that he has a natural, raw talent for wrestling. As he teams with his railthin,
unconventional partner, Esqueleto (the Skeleton), Nacho feels for the first
time in his life that he has something to fight for and a place where he belongs.
As Lucha is strictly forbidden by the church elders at the monastery,
Nacho is forced to lead a double life. Disguised by a sky blue mask, Nacho
conceals his true identity as he takes on Mexico's most famous wrestlers and
takes on a hilarious quest to make life a little sweeter at the orphanage.
The creators of "Napoleon Dynamite" team up with the writer of "The
School of Rock" for this offbeat comedy.