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.