Review Date: June 15, 2006
Director: Jared Hess
Writer: Mike White, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Producers: Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, Mike White
Jack Black as Nacho
Hector Jimenez as Esqueleto
Ana de la Reguera as Sister Encarnacion
Oh, and let’s not forget the cute romance between Black’s character (a friar) and the local (hottie) nun. Sure, this might offend those with religion pumping through their veins, but for me, I recognized the whole thing as a “movie”, and enjoyed it for what it was: a fun time. On the aside, I was sure that the girl playing the part of the nun was the same (hottie) girl who played the maid in SPANGLISH, but I was wrong. That said, the main two things that I really enjoyed about this film were its unique nature, set in the world of the Mexican Luchadores, and the always amusing antics of Jack Black, who continued his odd behavior here, and just cracked me up with many of his physical moves, as well as his over-the-top enunciation of certain words. The cute fat Mexican kid also reminded me a lot of the cute fat white kid from BAD SANTA, while the film as a whole had that certain “Wes Anderson feel”, somewhat RUSHMORE-ian (although obviously, not as tight or serious). This film exaggerates for effect, it features a man of God bouncing off the ropes in a wrestling ring dressed as a superhero goofball, and at the same time, manages to develop a believable rapport between himself and a (hottie) nun and the orphans under his care. It also doesn’t outstay its welcome…short and sweet. Not for everyone, but definitely for me. I had a good time. Then again, I might be biased as it’s well-known that I looooove nachos! Dassa joke.