Celebrating the triumphs and tribulations of the lovable loser is no easy thing but filmmaker Jared Hess seems to thrive in this specific cinematic exercise. Working fresh off the success of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Hess finds a similarly endearing hero-without-a-clue in Ignacio played by Jack Black (HIGH FIDELITY KING KONG) the title character in NACHO LIBRE. Ignacio growing up in a poor monastery in Mexico has dreamed of being a professional wrestler since childhood. This obsession has led him to a thankless adult existence as monastery whipping-boy and chef serving stale day-old nacho chips to finicky orphans. In an effort to earn the respect of new nun-hottie Sister Encarnacion (Ana De La Reguera) and escape the monastery into the greedy excess of pro wrestling Ignacio enters a local amateur competition. Along the way he picks up the notably scrawny yet tough street urchin Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez) as his tag-team partner. The duo hilariously loses badly and repeatedly to all manner of local wrestling oddities. It is only when Ignacio recognizes a higher goal than money and glory that he can truly compete with his professional idols including the dreaded and evil champion Ramses. Co-written with Hesss writing partner and wife Jerusha and noted screenwriter Mike White (CHUCK & BUCK THE GOOD GIRL) NACHO LIBRE is stocked with real-life wrestlers doing their thing. Jack Blacks over-the-top physical humor blends in perfectly with repeated viewings of his stretchie pants and timely flatulence. In concert the elements fuse to distill a comedy that should appeal to all ages eager to be pinned down in a full-nelson by laughter.
Release Date: 06 April 2009
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 89 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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