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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.
"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.
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.
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…
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.
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It has its moments (the corn throwing) but overall it falls short of Napoleon Dynamite, which it's clearly trying to emulate. Jack Black is funny when he's not acting like Jack Black.
Was bei "Napoleon Dynamite" noch irgendwie funktionierte, geht bei "Nacho Libre" echt nach hinten los. Wie also erkläre ich mein Problem mit dem Film am besten? Am besten mit folgendem Vergleich: Der Film ist wie ein früher Film von David O. Russel; auf Crack.
That's right, 5 stars for Nacho. I love everything about this movie.
Besides this film being very predictable, I think the main problem is that it doesn't really know who its audience is. Nickelodeon was one of the productions for this film so it has to aim towards kids but it never really feels like a true family film. Its religious themes and wrestling background would have better shown if this movie was a PG-13 with that kind of humor, but when it tries to attract towards kids, it rarely ever works. But the jokes hit for the most part, the wrestling scenes were directed well, Jack Black is great and it's really a guilty pleasure of mine to watch.
There is a lot of fun to be had from this one. Its not the greatest but I think the actors make it really work. They make it silly, warm and insane in the best way.
Watching with enough distance from it's predecessor, the sublimely hysterical Napolean Dynamite, I had little to no expectations other than it would occupy another 1.5 hours on a 10 hour flight. I would bet I woke up a few fellow passengers with my guffaws. I really enjoyed Jack Black, even his terrible Mexican accent, which was so bad at times that a few additional laughs were invoked. Jared Hess' rank aping of Wes Anderson's style sadly dates this one, but it's only truly obvious in the opening credits. Héctor Jiménez stands out as well, with a comedic style similar to Fred Armisen or Tim Heidecker, all looks and stares and sardonic delivery.
One of the essential qualities, I believe, a true cinephile must possess is an ability to enjoy the not so finer things in film. A movie lover must be able to watch a stupid, poor quality picture and still have a good time. Otherwise, that person risks becoming a stereotypical, pretentious, snooty film nerd. Thankfully, I have not yet lost that indispensable feature. I can still enjoy clearly mediocre (or worse) movies, such as Nacho Libre.
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