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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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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.
Had low expectations when I heard this billed as by the director of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess. As it turned out it does have a lot of the same pace problems, but much better writing given that Mike White was involved. Jack Black's energy carries it, but most of the supporting actors have at least a few great lines as well.
Not a great movie, per se, but the entertaining kind of silly. I also find it fairly quotable, even today. Worth a watch if you like Jack Black anyway.
I am one of the people who actually really liked Nacho Libre. I think that Jack Black fits perfectly in the role and the character. The whole movie has a kind of Wes Anderson feeling to it.
Eat some bugs, ate some grass, use my hands to wipe my tears.
A crappy story about a fat luchador, and how he only fights for the church so he can continue to fight, and not be sinned. Why does this movie exist? It's filled with fart jokes, and racist stereotypes.
One good thing is that Jack Black is very likable, not through the whole movie, but some times he does really shine. Like when he sings his song, and when he climbs a cliff to get to some eggs.
Jack Black stars in a feel good comedy in an absurd world the Hess creates.
The style of the film is extreme with symmetrical shots and a fantastic soundtrack. The performances are all very simple but the fast pacing means they don’t become tiring. The is also a lot of creativity surrounding the wrestlers, even if the wrestling scenes are slightly disappointing.
The Reverence: Flying through the air beats out a super wedgy, corn in the eye, a strange vehicle, and opening a car door.
An orphan who loves wrestling is forced to serve other orphans disgusting gruel topped with stale chips. The kids deserve better but no one cares except Nacho. He wrestles for money to supply the children with fresh salad.
Jack Black attacks this role like Jim Carrey would have; with aplomb and abandon. Throw anything on camera and hope it sticks. I think it works. I laughed pretty fucking hard when he talked about stripping a man down to his, "....Nu...cle..us." Good comedy.
I would feel remiss if I did not mention how emotional I became when little Chancho and the other orphans showed up at Nacho's big match to watch him wrestle. He was getting his ass handed to him…
I think Jared Hess is a very talented filmmaker and I really enjoy Napoleon Dynamite and Gentleman Broncos. But this movie is just stupid. Sometimes it is so stupid its funny, but mostly just stupid.
You know, Jack Black isn't even hispanic.. but somehow we all just ignored that. The innocence of the Bush era.
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