Nacho Libre

Nacho Libre

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Director: Jared Hess

Cast: Jack Black, Héctor Jimenez, Ana de la Reguera

     
 

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Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he was raised. When the institution faces a financial crisis, Nacho decides that he must come to the aid of the house of God (as well as theSee more details below

Overview

Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he was raised. When the institution faces a financial crisis, Nacho decides that he must come to the aid of the house of God (as well as the beautiful young nun who has recently joined the order) by competing in the local Lucha Libre tournament. Donning a spandex outfit, mask, and cape, Nacho becomes a hero for the ages -- but can he win the heart of a woman of the cloth?

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The irrepressible Jack Black brings his trademark manic energy to this delightfully offbeat comedy directed and co-written by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). Black plays a cook in a Mexican monastery that doubles as an orphanage. In an attempt to raise money for the home while also living out a lifelong fantasy, he becomes a luchador -- a masked and costumed wrestler. As the celebrated Nacho Libre, he also hopes to impress the beautiful Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguero), a teacher at the monastery. Black's expansive screen presence occasionally threatens to sabotage the picture: he's too larger-than-life to comfortably fit Hess’s ironic, deadpan vision. But the imaginative director fills the screen with so many absurd gags that his star's dynamic performance never capsizes the film. The many wrestling scenes, while hilarious, are choreographed with authenticity in mind, spotlighting Black performing many of his own stunts. Winning supporting roles -- Hector Jimenez, in particular, scores big-time with his characterization of Esqueleto, Nacho's unprepossessing sidekick -- and Hess’s off-the-wall comedic ingenuity keep this South-of-the-Border parody right on track. A surprising sensation with his debut film, Hess has now successfully avoided the sophomore slump.
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Nacho Libre is a great movie as long as you're into its own twisted little sense of humor. A sizable but distinct niche of people will dig it -- the only trick is figuring out if you're one of them -- so here is a brief guide to determine if you should keep reading. You will like Nacho Libre if: you enjoy Napoleon Dynamite-brand comedy, where there's rarely a clear punch line, things are just weirdly familiar, subtly bizarre, or unapologetically silly; you find inane food, members of the clergy, or Lucha Libre to be inherently funny; or you're a fan of Jack Black, in particular his melodramatic facial expressions, impromptu power-rock ballads, and scatological humor. If you answered yes to any of the above questions, feel free to continue reading the review, as this applies to you. Nacho Libre is a total and hysterical success in the realm of absurd humor. Director Jared Hess proves that the surprise success of his first film, Napoleon Dynamite, wasn't based on the happenstance of his tiny budget and cast of college classmates and unknowns. Nacho Libre expands his horizons with the money to take his characters to new places, but the humor is just as unnameable and awesome. Most of the time he just lets his leading man riff through the delivery, as Black's over-the-top expressions, intonations, and Mexican accent (which morphs into Italian in moments of relishing self-parody) are what seal the deal on much of the humor. While Napoleon Dynamite made fun of its clueless protagonist almost to the point of maliciousness, Nacho prompts laughter with far less spite, dragging real-world rules and values into the picture. Hess has also refined his own directional style with this project; it's something like Wes Anderson meets the Farrelly Brothers -- only drunk. It might be a little left-field for some, but for the rest of us, comedy doesn't get much better.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0097361197449
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00
Format:
HD

Special Features

Audio commentary by Jack Black, Jared Hess and Mike White; Deleted scenes; Photo gallery; Jack sings!; Featurettes: Detrás de la Cámara, Jack Black Unmasked!, Lucha Libre, Hecho en Mexico, Moviefone Unscripted With Jack Black and Héctor Jiménez

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black Ignacio, 'Nacho Libre'
Héctor Jimenez Esqueleto
Ana de la Reguera Sister Encarnación
Richard Montoya Guillermo
Darius Rose Chancho
Moisés Arias Juan Pablo
Diego Eduardo Gomez Chuy
Carlos Maycotte Segundo Nunez
Cesar Gonzalez Ramses
Rafael Montalvo Elderly Monk
Juilo Sandoval Snaggle Tooth Monk
Ventura 'Tigre Hispano' Lahoz Arena Referee
Felipe Jesús Arena Referee
Hernández 'Terror Chino' Arena Referee
Enrique Munoz Señor Ramón
Carla Jimenez Candidia
Augustín 'Rigo' Rey Galindo 1
Ricardo 'Caballero de la Muerte' Castillo Galindo 2
Troy Gentile Young Nacho
Donald Chambers Silencio
Julio Escalero Ramses Trainer
Peter Stormare Emperor
Armando 'Mucha Crema' Gaytan Pro (Coliseo) Announcer
Rafael González López Pro (Coliseo) Referee
Antonio Salazar Gómez Ring (Arena) Announcer
Albert M. Madrid Paradise
Lauro Chartrand Sage
Filberto Estrella Calderón Goblin/Elf 1
Gerson Virgen López Goblin/Elf 2
Leobardo Magadan Commentator
Jorge Valdez García Commentator
Craig Williams El Snowfladke
Brett Chan Dynasty
Mike Ching El Chino
Abelardo 'El Pandita' Hernádez Muñeco
Emiliano 'Dalia Negra' Quiroga Carlos Rosales
Luis García Randón Mariachi Man
Armando Tapia Monk
Carlos César Caballero Monk
Feliciano Ramos Mendoza Amateur Announcer
Carlos Acosta 'El Mimo' Barroso El Pony
Ignacio González 'Iñaqui Goci' Carmarena El Semental
Alfonso 'Pompin' Ramirez Ameteur Referee
Miguel Angel Bonequi Trujillo Hacienda Tough Doorman
Aaron Yamir Ramírez Esobar Young Street Kid
Rodolfo García Merino Motivational Coach
María González Peasant Woman
René Campero Wrestling Official
Lisa Owen Nacho's Mother
Cristobal Puente Nacho's Father
Zenaido Avendaño Usher
Rosenda Hernádez Woman
Joaquín Luis Jiménez Ashen Faced Man
Ismael García y su Trio Mariachi Band
Dominick Kurek Mad Fan
Pete Anthony Conductor
Marc Mann Conductor
Blake Neely Conductor

Technical Credits
Jared Hess Director,Screenwriter
Jorge Farfan Barros Special Effects Supervisor
Jack Black Producer
Ben Le Clair Associate Producer
Benjamin Cooley Associate Producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Ricardo Del Rio Galnares Co-producer
Carlos Adalid Gamboa Set Decoration/Design
Xavier Pérez Grobet Cinematographer
Federic Henocque Asst. Director
Jerusha Hess Screenwriter
Carla Hool Casting
David Klawans Producer
Carol Lewis Casting
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Gerard Manjarrez Camera Operator
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Nicolaides Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Julia Pistor Producer
Gideon Ponte Production Designer
Hannia Robledo Art Director
Santiago Núñez Rojo Sound/Sound Designer
Damon Ross Co-producer
Billy Weber Editor
Jory Weitz Casting
Mike White Producer,Screenwriter

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