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He's not lean. He's not mean. He's nacho average hero.
Nacho Libre is loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta ("Friar Storm"), aka Rev. Sergio Gutierrez Benitez, a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador. He competed in order to support the orphanage he directed. The producers are Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, and Mike White.
You get all the Jared Hess style you are probably expecting but you also get a TON of Jack Black playing himself. It is kind of gimmicky but if you like the gimmick then you'll find this film to be hilarious. It's an original idea with a surprisingly strong amount of plot.
If you're looking for fart jokes and racial stereotypes then this film is for you.
"Get that corn outta my face!"
I haven't seen this since in the theater back in 2006, I remember liking it so I decided to try it out again. Nacho Libre is entertaining and really funny at times, but I found that the comedic parts start to become more and more scattered as the movie goes on. I almost always find Jack Black amusing to watch, so I definitely still enjoyed it regardless.
Also, I was very surprised to see 'Biaggio' from The Kings of Summer in this. It kind of threw me off for a minute and I kept waiting for him to say strange and ridiculous things.
After all these years, this is still that one movie I put on when I've had a long stressful work week and I need to just feel silly and laugh. Actually, this and Zoolander.
It's a little more clear now that the humor of Nacho Libre is somewhat inconsistent. Jared and Jerusha Hess have a preternatural understanding of how to use Jack Black properly, but there seems to be an even ratio of genuine outbursts of awkward, surprising hilarity to jokes that beat the dead horse of "it's funny because it's in a Spanish accent". Not the best thing in a film that is already dangerously skirting stereotype. Still, the film's goofy, boyish zeal is incredibly endearing, and I think…
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We have this wrestler wannabe munk, he finds someone to team up with, we have the usual montage as they train, and then they start to wrestle. You may think that they'll win some, then lose some, and then win some again and end up in a big wrestle finale? But that's not the case. They just lose and lose, and then lose some more.
Nacho Libre is one of those comedies that makes you feel bad for laughing. Silly as hell and filled with racist stereotypes it farts its way right into your heart. And when you're as tired as I am this Friday evening, it's just perfect. Just looking at Jack Black in his curly hair, mustache and wrestler costume makes me laugh at this point, so don't expect being as entertained as I was during this film if you're not in a similar state of mind.
"Hey...take it easy". Another potentially controversial review: Jared Hess' Nacho Libre. I'm gonna say that I absolutely adore this film. But I totally understand why people dislike it. The humor is not for everyone. But this film is sorta worshiped in my mixed Latino family. I'm Cuban, but I have many Mexican cousins, who swear by this film and we have fun quoting it, sometimes at random. It's definitely one of the most quotable films around.
The casting of Jack Black had the potential to be offensive, but he gives such a fun, expressive, and laughably bonkers performance that you can't help but laugh and love him in the role. It helped that the rest of the cast was Latino,…
Spanish Napoleon Dynamite
an oddball premise that isn't nearly as eccentric as the film believes itself to be, black puts his all into making the audience feel good but most of shtick just falls flat, predictable in large measure and without any real detail to care about
Aprecio as performances de Jack Black em filmes como "O amor é cego", "Alta fidelidade" e "Margot e o casamento". De qualquer modo, parece que seu melhor momento como comediante é em "Nacho libre", na pele de Ignácio, um frade que cozinha para crianças órfãs num monastério mexicano. Determinado dia, chega ao lugar Irmã Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera), por quem se apaixona. Ele deseja ingressar no universo da luta livre e para isso faz uma parceria com Esqueleto (Héctor Jiménez).
Com um roteiro muito simples e gags bastante ingênuas muitas vezes, "Nacho libre" se sustenta na atuação desse elenco, na fotografia excelente de Xavier Grobet, um alívio no universo da comédia, e na trilha sonora de Danny Elfman, empolgante.…
Pretty silly in its entirety but I guess that's the whole point right from the get-go. Having said that, it does shed an interesting light on the lucha libre scene and there were some funny scenes here and there.
Should I be ashamed to admitting that I actually like this movie?
Most people would probably say yes, but no part of me really feels that way about it. I really like how dry and laid back everything is in the film, and how Jack Black (although playing a racial stereotype) is playing the title character with a level of conviction and confidence that makes him believable in the role.
I like the surreal goofiness of it, and just how silly the movie is overall. I guess you could call it a guilty pleasure of mine, only I don't really feel guilty for liking it.
Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's the soft spot I have for this type of underdog story, or maybe it's just the movie's overall droll sense of humor. I don't know; the point is I like it, and it brings out the kid in me every time I watch it.
The movie is an easy-watch that kept me pretty entertained while i did some college sculpting work! It's one of those movies that you would watch when you need a mood up-lift.
I like the cinematography style- mainly how all short scenes are dense enough, with awesome settings/lighting/costumes. I went ahead and looked up the director to look up his other films.
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