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Nacho Libre Review

Published June 16, 2006 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Pictures.
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Trying to describe Nacho Libre is like trying to describe Napoleon Dynamite. From the same director, Jared Hess, Nacho Libre brings together an awkward mix of sentiment, expression-filled faces and goofy antics. Like Napoleon Dynamite, fans are either going to hate or love this film.

Nacho Libre Movie Review

Nacho Libre begins with the introduction of Jack Black’s character, Ignacio. Called Nacho by his friends and the orphans, Ignacio has always dreamed of becoming a famous wrestler, lucha libre. The only problem is that Nacho is a priest in training and wrestling for vanity is considered a sin. So what is Nacho to do?

Fortunately for the harmless character, the same sport that pulls him into temptation will bring him back to salvation.

Though the trailers have you believe that Nacho Libre will have you rolling in the aisles, the film is not all that filled with laughs. What audiences are not aware of is that this film pushes the sweet and cuddliness behind Nacho and the orphans just as hard as it pushes the comedy. For this reason alone many moviegoers may leave the theatre disappointed. If, however, you enter the theatres expecting a cute, cuddly little film, then Nacho Libre will be right up your alley.

Where Nacho Libre does excel is with its use of facial expressions – there are tons of extended camera shots on many of the characters faces – and for its ability to make you care about Nacho no matter how low the character stoops or how big a celebrity he becomes. Behind his own aspirations, Nacho always has the children at heart. Well, the children and a new sister played by upcoming hottie Ana de la Reguera.

Try to imagine what would happen if you combined Winona Ryder and Penelope Cruz with a few dashes of extra hotness. Can you picture it? Well, if you can’t, just take a look at Ana de la Reguera; she is smoking! One of the problems with having such a good looking co-star is that her character is immediately out of Nacho’s league, even though the story still hints at a relationship there.

In the end, Nacho Libre may have you thinking ‘how sweet’ much more often than ‘how funny’; when most moviegoers may be looking for it the other way around. You also got to love the kids, the source of Nacho’s inspiration.


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