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Nacho Libre
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10.24.2006 By: Sturdy
Nacho Libre order
Director:
Jared Hess

Actors:
Jack Black
Peter Stormare
Ana de la Reguera

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A monastery cook suppresses his love for wrestling until he canít take it anymore. Defying his teachings, he puts on the mask and challenges the worldís greatest wrestler to win over the girl of his dreams and help the children at his orphanage.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Letís get something out of the way immediately: the gag in the movie is that Jack Black is playing a Hispanic monk. Every joke and laugh is predicated off the fact that you find Jack Black as a Hispanic monk funny. So if youíre not a fan of Mr. Blackís, then chances are good youíre not going to like the Hispanic version.

With that said, I have to admit that there were enough hits on the comedy target that I can honestly say I found this movie to be funny. Itís stupid and it does get old after a while, but at the end of the day, I laughed a lot, and that was what the filmmakers were trying to do. I think Jack Black in wrestling tights, trying to speak with a Spanish accent and trying to fight people is funny stuff.

The supporting cast is hardly noticed. The camera is on Jack Black the entire film and no one else is given a chance to be funny or get any attention on their characters. If this were an epic drama, I would say thatís a bad thing, but since itís a mindless slapstick comedy, it actually works in its favor. The audience doesnít care about the character arc of Esqueleto, they want to see Nacho prance around and be funny. We donít care if the orphans eat or not, thatís just a reason to have Nacho wrestle. Donít bother looking for a plot, because there isnít one. The direction was average and the writing was null since the lines had to be delivered with flair by Mr. Black.

As mildly entertaining as this film was, Iím still not convinced about Jack Black the comedian. He has his moments, but his ďunnecessarily angryĒ schtick is wearing thin. He curbs that a lot in Nacho, and the film is better for it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Jack Black, Jared Hess and Mike White: These three are mildly amusing, but struggle to keep the conversation moving. I think the idea for them to be eating dinner while doing the commentary looked funny on paper, but in reality, it was very annoying.

Deleted Scenes (9:33): These were average scenes that could have been left in and I wouldnít have noticed. Nothing too funny here, but if you love the movie, then you wonít mind a little more Nacho.

Making of featurettes (56:03): You can watch these separately, or all together. For the most part, this is a waste of time. I recommend watching the Mexican wrestling featurette if youíre not familiar with the effect wrestling has on the Mexican culture. Otherwise, these featurettes are lame and not worth the hourís investment.

Jack Sings (6:18): Iím not sure who told Jack Black he could sing. Maybe itís that no one has told him he canít sing. Well Jack, you canít sing. This featurette is six minutes of Jack practicing singing.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Basically, if you dig Jack Black, youíll dig NACHO LIBRE. He is Nacho, and the film wonít let you forget it. The plot is simple, the dialogue is mostly bad, there is no story, but it will make you laugh, and thatís all you can ask for in a mindless comedy.
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