Friday, June 16, 2006


Before I begin the review one must understand a few things about this movie. One: it stars Jack Black and if any of you have seen any of his movies he almost always seems to dance around and have weird facial ticks. If you find this style of comedy funny even endearing then read on. Two: Have you seen the last Jared Hess movie called Napoleon Dynamite? If you have and you thought all of those strange pauses and weird gestures were funny then you may continue reading this review. If you find Jack Black disturbing or annoying, if you find Napoleon Dynamite to be the strangest dumbest movie you've ever seen then you will hate Nacho Libre, you will hate it with the passion of a Bull with its balls tied in a knot. I for one find Jack Black amusing, in fact when I saw King Kong I couldn't take him seriously because he gets that bizarre wide eyed stare and that goofy grin I can't help but laugh my ass off.

Nacho (Jack Black) is a cook at a local Mexican missionary who is obsessed with the Mexican style of wresting known as Lucha Libre. It has the same kind of flair as the WWE but without the dramatic stories and rigged matches. Nacho, with the help of his homeless friend Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez), fight in a series of wrestling matches in order to pay for ingredients for the orphans' meals. It's a dumb fun comedy that has its share of fart jokes, pratfalls and rope dives. No comedy would be complete without a love interest, in this case played by the hottest nun I've ever seen, Sister EncarnaciĆ³n (Ana de la Reguera). The Sister seems to have a rapport with Nacho, but does not approve of his extra curricular activities. The question is will she leave the nunnery for Nacho?

I did at times find Jack Black's Spanish accent inconsistent, sometimes it was dead on and very funny other times when Nacho would do his Tenacious D rock out he would slip on the rolling of his r's. Overall I found this film to be funny and entertaining and I recommend you see this movie instead of the Keanu Reeves Sandra Bullock snooze fest The Lake House. NACHOOOOOOOOO!
Grade: 3 Buckets

1 comment:

Speck said...

I loved Napolean it was natural that I would love this movie. There were times where I was the only person laughing.

A little trivia since its not in the credits.

Tim Orr shot all the pick ups for this film. Matt Petrosky was the camera operator.