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Running Time:
1 hour, 31 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A funny, sweet, sometimes offensive but often entertaining movie.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary by Jack Black, Jared Hess and Mike White; Nacho Libre comic book creator; Deleted scenes; 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes.



Nacho Libre
Jack Black ("King Kong") plays Ignacio, a half-Mexican priest at an orphanage in Oaxaca, a quaint Mexican village who's been forced to work as a cook in the kitchen. But his dream is to become a wrestler, and maybe make enough money to save the orphanage, which might be forced to close for lack of funds. But the monastery disapproves of professional wrestling so he's afraid to mention his dream to anyone, even the newly arrived Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera), whom he secretly has a crush on.

Nevertheless, he decides to try to get into the local Lucha Libre wrestling tournament and become one of the "Luchadores," since luchadores wear masks when they fight. Ignacio pairs up with a filthy, skinny street kid named Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez) and becomes Nacho. Yet they can't quite seem to become first-rate luchadores, and what really disheartens Nacho is that he discovers that his idol, Ramses (Cesar Gonzalez), is nothing but a jerk and a snob.

Director Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") wrote the screenplay with help from his wife Jerusha, and some additional input from "School of Rock" scripter Mike White. They seems to think that by combining the setting of a gorgeous old-fashioned Mexican village with modern American slang they will be able to amuse and entertain an audience, and it sometimes works. Using mostly unknown actors, Hess composes interesting shots and effectively uses eclectic songs for the movie's soundtrack, but with its languid pace, the film's still a bit of a disappointment. Still, the movie's so good-natured and pleasant that it's difficult not to be somewhat charmed and uplifted.






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