Nacho Libre

5.81 h 32 min2006X-RayPG
Berated all his life by those around him, a Friar (Black) follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a 'Luchador' (wrestler).
Jared Hess
Jack BlackAna de la RegueraH?ctor Jim?nez
English [CC]
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noneayoReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Really Funny Art Film
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This cult-classic in-the-making more than a hilarious, tender movie with great music. Almost every single frame is a work of art--a feast to the eyes. Black, at his finest, is well supported by every other member of the cast. I often find myself defending this movie as one of the all-time best comedies, and I am a trained and well-seasoned comedy connoisseur! I believe it will continue to grow in popularity with time. Apparently, it already has. I just watched this for the third time, and was as thrilled, or more so, than I was the first time.
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LeighReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's Funny AND Decent for Kids!
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Our family uses many lines from this quiet but entrancing movie from the makers of Napoleon Dynamite. I actually fell asleep the first time I watched it, but it was on a Friday evening and I'm a teacher so kind of expected.
Nacho Libre is great for many reasons but here are a few, not in any particular order:

Great for families because there is no cussing that I can remember. Though there are a few scenes where the characters yell at each other.

Jack Black uses his timing, facial contortions, amazing singing voice, and adopted accent to really be the star of the show.

The writing surpasses most formula comedies in that so many less-than-high-frequency-words are used. Nucleus, recreational, convert, salvation, blouse, political, forbidden all make their appearance to name a few.

The location shooting in Mexico is spectacular. You can almost be the dry air and smell the cactus.

They used locals that weren't Hollywood styled extras. So refreshing to see real people with all their extra adipose tissue and lazy eyes.

The one part of the movie I cringe about was a 10 second bull fighting scene that is some of the worst CG in a movie, only behind the vinyard fire in A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves.

So if you like quirky, offbeat comedies that are funny yet family friendly, watch Nacho Libre.
Recommended snack: Julio's Tortilla chips or Santitas' Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips with El Pato's green can Salsa.
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kruReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
this movie is absolutely amazing
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ok so i just finished watching nacho libre and lemme just say i went in expecting it to be boring and not good at all but it totally pulled a quickie on me and i absolutely loved it, first of all visually it was beautiful, it was filmed all on 32 mm film which gives it that gritty but sophisticated look while maintaining the integrity of an up to date film, the shots were absolutely beautiful most of them being far out lock downs which gives it a very vintage feel, reminding me a lot of blade runner where there is close to no movement with the camera in each sequence, this is very good for letting the viewers really suck in each shot and appreciate it and also to really take in the dialogue which can be ruined by shaky camera work. Another thing i want to talk about is the flow of the story. Through out the movie pacing was on point all the time and it went perfect speed for the viewers to take in and laugh at the jokes but at the same time not making us feel dumb by holding it out to dry assuming we need a long time to get each joke. It was an absolutely perfect and beautiful coming of age movie with comedy scattered thought to make it extremely enjoyable to watch. Another point is the sets, the fact that they shot everything on location in a small town in Mexico really shows you the dedication they had to make this an absolutely authentic viewing experience. Also since they used citizens as extras really adds to the realism and makes you feel that you yourself have lived in this town your whole life along with these citizens. Absolutely beautiful movie and it gets an ez 10/10 from me
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious tale of a monk that wants to become a luchador/wrestler
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Nacho Libre is a story of a frustrated monk Ignacio played by Jack Black who always dreamed of becoming a luchador, a Mexican wrestler. During the intro it shows a young Nacho collecting/stealing together different trinkets to create his own wrestling uniforms. Unfortunately he was living in a Catholic church’s orphanage and became a monk instead. The film is about whether Nacho can fulfill his dreams of becoming a wrestler, while remaining in the church.

Ignacio never gave up on his dreams and after seeing a famous wrestler Ramses and all the attention he garnered decides to secretly enter the luchador business. He can’t do it alone however so he finds a partner Steven played by Hector Jimenez, a homeless man that tried to steal chips donated by a restaurant to the orphanage. Steven takes on the luchador name Esqueleto.

The movie has one hilarious moment after another. For instance, Nacho’s job at the church is to make the food. It’s so bad the priests complain they had diarrhea for weeks. There’s the wrestling match when Nacho and Esqueleto take on two midgets who dress and act like demons, and proceed to give Nacho and Esqueleto the beating of their life. Then there’s when Ignacio asks Sister Encarnacion played by Ana de la Reguera on a faux date to preach the gospel to a man. She asks why Ignacio is not wearing his robe. He says it was stinky and he needed to wear his recreation clothes. He then flinches his butt cheeks and tells her that beneath his clothes he is a man and beneath the man is his nucleus.

A bonus to the film is the amazing soundtrack that is included. It’s a mix of Mexican originals and new work by Danny Elfman and Beck. Like any good soundtracks the music enhances each scene. For example when Steven finds himself chased by a woman at a party he crashed and she is giving him a lustful look just the right song comes on.

In the end Nacho actually transforms from someone that just wanted the fame of a luchador to finding meaning in his life and wrestling via a holy mission.

Overall Nacho Libre is a hilarious movie that keeps the laughs going after multiple viewings.
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Valeria G.Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the few Jack Black films worth watching!
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I've honestly never been a great Jack Black fan but this movie in essence is not all bad. It does have a specific sense of humor so you must have it to enjoy it. It's an intelligent, kind of awkward humor It's one of our family's favorite film. My dad watched it on his spare time and loved it and made us all watch it together. It has many quotes that you will find yourself making "insiders" with other people that have watched the film too! It is definitely a classic. It kind of reminds of the movie Napoleon Dynamite, it's just one of those movies no matter how hard you try to hate you won't. You'll find some part of the movie funny. the storyline of the movie is pretty hilarious as well. It will make you say what the heck and frown a few times but definitely laugh as well. It's not a movie that will make you ponder life, it's purely for entertainment and giggles! It does send a great message though. If you haven't watched it give it a try, the worst that can happen is you won't like it. Watch it with kids, their giggles will only make you laugh harder
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The All-Seeing IReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Attractively Unusual (and Good) Comedy Film
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The comic timing of "Nacho Libre" directly evokes its lineage from Napoleon Dynamite: Knowingly off-kilter in its proud awkwardness, and bolstered here by Jack Black's terrific physical comedy. You can imagine Napoleon Dynamite sitting in the theater and watching "Nacho Libre," and feeling better understood by the world.

Black's character Ignacio ("Nacho") provides for orphans in his role as friar at a monastery in Mexico. But he dreams of becoming a great wrestler -- this despite his lack of prerequisite skill. Such a fun premise and set-up.

Throughout, "Nacho Libre" isn't so much hardcore slapstick as it is its own endearingly awkward bird. It's a little bit of a joy, and a deceptively unusual major studio film -- particularly in an era in which major studios can often steer clear of the unusual for fear of box office repercussions. Highly recommended.
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JaredReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic comedy for all ages!
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Call the early 2000's what you will: edgy, cringy, or the remnants of the 90's bleeding over into the new millennium; but not only were they a time of extreme societal and technological change (and the music genuinely rocked, Mumble Rap fans!), but it was a curious period for films. Campy super hero movies were becoming mainstream and animation was both fortunately and unfortunately shifting from gorgeous hand-drawn artwork to admittedly versatile but slightly less soulful CG. Comedies at this point were usually incredibly stupid, opting for raunch and easy parody over good comedic timing and clever jokes. That's one reason why this film stands out so much. It has it's absurdly dumb moments and genuinely shocking physical comedy that might make the viewer wonder why the movie is rated PG (a guy gets a corn cob thrown in his eye without any blood--should I laugh or scream???) but it is filled with so much heart and wit that any dated aspects it contains melt away as the charm of the lovably imbecilic characters takes up the entire runtime. Do you like slapstick? There's LOTS of that! Do you like an adorable love story about an utterly hopeless guy trying to win the heart of a girl totally out of his league? Prepare to simultaneously feel your very soul warmed while laughing at how the incompetent child-like adult stumbles over himself but always manages to get back up and you can keep on rooting for him! "Nacho Libre" is some of the best comedy you can find from the last 20 years, full of clever humor--or some of it just so stupid it's good!--and a positive message that actually holds a very deep meaning. So get your family together and enjoy this indisputable classic for some hearty belly laughs. Oh, and don't worry about the Mexican stereotypes. My Mexican brother- and sister-in-laws can't get enough of this film. XD
"Get that corn outta my face!"
Paul HaroldReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What is this Water coming out of my eyes??
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I watched this movie because a person I respect was raving about how he and his family have monthly "Nacho Libre" nights. I was prepared to be thouroghly annoyed and bored. The trailer and promotion made it out to be a 3rd rate "B" grade Movie. And that is ALMOST what it was. The acting was over the Top goofy and ouragious. HOWEVER, The characters were deeper than I expected and the plot was engaging and dearing. The quality of acting was excellent in a Over-the-Top but not in clumsy or stilted way. I am not easily moved to tears but I cannot otherwise account for the moisture on my face.
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