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Nacho Libre (2006)
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Review Date: June 15, 2006
Director: Jared Hess
Writer: Mike White, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Producers: Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, Mike White
Actors:
Jack Black as Nacho
Hector Jimenez as Esqueleto
Ana de la Reguera as Sister Encarnacion
Plot:
A tubby priest-in-training feels bad for the kids in his orphanage because he can’t afford to cook them any decent meals with fresh ingredients. In order to score himself some cabbage in order to buy himself some…well, cabbage and other food items, the man secretly dresses up like a Mexican wrestler (aka Luchadore) and enters nightly fight exhibitions, alongside his trusty skinny side-kick. Oh, he also falls for a cutie-patootie nun recently transferred to his parish. Pretty goofy storyline, right? So’s the film!!
Critique:
This film definitely isn’t for everyone and it certainly isn’t jam-packed with laughs, as its promotional items would have you believe, but for someone like myself, a fan of Senor Jack Black and his over-the-top goofy antics, someone who appreciates a totally original idea as a movie concept and someone who appreciates a little sweetness along with their silly humor (not sure how many someone’s like that there are out there, but I’m one of them!), this film sure is a fresh breeze compared to all of the rehashed remade TV show-movies out there, with a quick runtime, a handful of funny moments and memorable lines, and of course, Jack Black in tight spandex! Like I said before though, if Black doesn’t “do it” for you, if quirky flicks set in Mexico with a bunch of unique characters – many of which are exaggerated for laughs – aren’t your cup o’ Joe, you’re best to stay away from this movie, as you’ll likely not enjoy its goofiness. I loved much of what I experienced, including its many catchy songs (loved Black’s ode to Sister Encarnacion), the odd yet genuine camaraderie between Black and his sidekick Hector Jimenez, whose character was also quite funny (love that smile), as well as the film’s basic storyline which had a big heart at its center.

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.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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11:00PM on 06/18/2006
Easily one of the funniest films of the year. Fresh, original, and very enjoyable. Jack Black is just too awesome in this. His facials and physical antics cracked me up every time. Just thinking about them and all the goofiness in this movie makes me laugh. I loved this flick! A good time at the movies.
Easily one of the funniest films of the year. Fresh, original, and very enjoyable. Jack Black is just too awesome in this. His facials and physical antics cracked me up every time. Just thinking about them and all the goofiness in this movie makes me laugh. I loved this flick! A good time at the movies.
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9:28PM on 06/18/2006
Nothing Special, was really boring and frequently lame. A lot of the jokes were directed to a younger audience, I couldve done without the fart jokes and the predictable kick to the balls jokes. I laughed a little, and Jack Black was good, that was about it.
Nothing Special, was really boring and frequently lame. A lot of the jokes were directed to a younger audience, I couldve done without the fart jokes and the predictable kick to the balls jokes. I laughed a little, and Jack Black was good, that was about it.
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2:09AM on 06/17/2006
One of the more enjoyable films I have seen in years. It's not a laugh-out loud around every corner kind of comedy like most strive to be nowadays but it was generally amusing throughout, and I welcomed the change. I loved this flick.
One of the more enjoyable films I have seen in years. It's not a laugh-out loud around every corner kind of comedy like most strive to be nowadays but it was generally amusing throughout, and I welcomed the change. I loved this flick.
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3:12AM on 06/16/2006
Easily the funniest film I've seen since Shaun of the Dead. Totally original in every way, I was captivated from the start to the end, and couldn't stop laughing.

See it, everyone. Aside from Clerks 2, this is almost guaranteed to be the funniest film of the year (admittedly, not hard against films like Date Movie and Scary Movie 4)
Easily the funniest film I've seen since Shaun of the Dead. Totally original in every way, I was captivated from the start to the end, and couldn't stop laughing.

See it, everyone. Aside from Clerks 2, this is almost guaranteed to be the funniest film of the year (admittedly, not hard against films like Date Movie and Scary Movie 4)
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2:21AM on 06/16/2006
I swear to god Ana de la Reguera looks SO much Penelope Cruz she could be her twin sister! She's very easy on the eyes.

Sadly, that's all this movie has going for it. I'm not going to mince words here. This is one of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. If the audience I was with is any indincation, this will likely be a hit as almost everyone around me seemed to be laughing and having a good time. But I just sat there almost completely stone faced for nearly the
I swear to god Ana de la Reguera looks SO much Penelope Cruz she could be her twin sister! She's very easy on the eyes.

Sadly, that's all this movie has going for it. I'm not going to mince words here. This is one of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. If the audience I was with is any indincation, this will likely be a hit as almost everyone around me seemed to be laughing and having a good time. But I just sat there almost completely stone faced for nearly the entire movie and that's when I wasn't dozing off. Despite the awful trailer and commercials, I actually did go in wanting to have a good time. Still, needless to say I had low expectations. But no amount of low expectations could prepare me for truly awful this movie is. I think I may have chuckled twice and that's it. And even then it was more out of desperation than out of genuine laughter.

In the right role, Jack Black can be an immensely appealing actor (High Fidelity, Orange County, School of Rock, King Kong). This is not that role. What Black does here isn't acting. He's mugging infront of the camera. It's an irritating, finger nails in the chalk board performance. And it's not even the worse performance in the friggin' movie!

It's unfathomable to me that this drek was written by Mike White. I can't believe the same guy who wrote Orange County, School of Rock and several episodes of Dawson's Creek was the same guy that wrote this movie. Unbelievable.

I didn't think I would see a worse film than Ultraviolet this year. I was wrong. This is even worse. I'd say that I don't think I'll see a worse movie than this for the rest of the year, but after saying that for Ultraviolet I'm actually afraid to. But this is about as painfully unwatchable as comedies get. Ugh. EXTREMELY UGH!
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