Nacho Libre

  • 12
  • Jared Hess (2006)
  • US / Ger
  • 88 min
Nacho Libre
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The creators of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared and Jerusha Hess, here team up with offbeat comedian Jack Black for another endearing slice of comic eccentricity. Ignacio (Black) is an orphan who has been raised by friars at a Mexican monastery, but leads a double life as the masked wrestler Nacho to raise cash for his monastery orphans and (hopefully) impress the lovely Sister Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera). Black, with his stretchy outfits, insane fighting flair and outrageous accent, makes a highly appealing, sweetly goofy underdog, and he's well complemented by deadpan Héctor Jiménez as his tag-team sidekick. The Latin pop soundtrack is as delightful as the gentle slapstick quirkiness. While this is not an all-out laugh-riot, a passing interest in the sport of lucha libre (freestyle wrestling) and the culturally iconic Santo movies will definitely enhance your enjoyment of this Rocky-in-multi-coloured-spandex.

Plot Summary

Sports comedy starring Jack Black. Kindly cook Ignacio concocts a brilliant solution to the financial hardship of the Mexican monastery where he has grown up. He will become the famous masked wrestler Nacho, and win the hearts of both the underfed monastery orphans and the beautiful Sister Encarnación.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ignacio / Nacho
Jack Black
Sister Encarnación
Ana de la Reguera
Esqueleto
Héctor Jiménez
Chancho
Darius A Rose
Juan Pablo
Moisés Arias
Chuy
Diego Eduardo Gómez
Segundo Núñez
Carlos Maycotte
Guillermo
Richard Montoya
Ramses
César González
Emperor
Peter Stormare
Young Nacho
Troy Gentile
Candidia
Carla Jiménez
Ramses Mad Fan
Dominick Kurek

Crew

Director
Jared Hess

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Aug 2006
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Categories
Comedy

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