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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.
A Mexican monk (Jack Black) steps into the ring as a masked wrestler to benefit the orphans of his monastery...and to fulfill his own secret desire to become a luchador.
If you don’t care for Jack Black, you’re not likely to enjoy this movie, but I think he’s funny and does some really good work here. The plot meanders a bit, but the film’s quiet, character-driven rhythms provide an effective counterpoint to its flamboyant wrestling set pieces. It also benefits from being really weird.
My favourite part was when he clenched his ass other than that, it's pretty stereotypical. :/
Not as funny as I had hoped expected, though my girlfriend loved it. I found NAPOLEON DYNAMITE to have been far more amusing. The moments I really did find funny were those when Jack Black would break from his Mexican character and just be Jack Black. That and the costumes. The wrestling scenes, though they had midgets, were pretty bland and felt like missed opportunities for hilarity. Glad I missed it at the theatres.
Ana de la Reguera... If she is a nun, I would rid of all my superficial and materialistic belongings and devote myself in the monastery.
Upon rewatching this Jack Black's classic, it is apparent it was less as a novelty quirky act from director Jared Hess and perhaps made me laugh the least as the matter.
However it was truly an endearing feature to see Jack Black in his comedic best and playing a monk aspiring to be a luchador, with the small matter of the poor orphans in his monastery a decent breakfast had a lot of heart.
Black's spontaneous crooning was something I could never get sick of, can't say the same for Hector Jimenez's sissy-like screams.
The ring action though was highly entertaining and captured the full attention of my 3 year-old.
The mid 2000s was certainly the prime of the Frat Pack, and this was one prime testament to that.
You know, I've seen Jack Black shirtless a lot, and I've never noticed that his man nipples are two different colors. So, I got that out of this movie.
It has a tad more narrative direction than Hess's Napoleon Dynamite, with something you can at least put your finger on as a "plot", but it's just not half as funny as Napoleon, and has nowhere near as many memorable characters and side acts (where's Rex when you need him? FORGET ABOUT IT!). Sometimes it made me laugh out loud - like the bizarre but well-timed "Mm. Good toast!" line - and at others, it was simply dull and pointless. Then again, I had the same reaction to Napoleon, so this might grow on me with multiple viewings. And I did laugh at Jack Black's performance (and silly accent) more often than not, so this wasn't a complete waste.
Get this movie out of my face!
Guilty pleasure, don't judge me.
Never watched this before because of my (unreasonable) disdain for Jack Black after not liking the first few movies I saw starring him. What a mistake.
So off the wall and hilarious. I could listen to Jack Black talk in that fake Mexican accent for days and just keep laughing the entire time.
When a well shot comedy like this ( great photography ) also brings a tear in your eye, you know you are watching something special. Humanity, love tenderness.
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