Rudo y Cursi

Rudo y Cursi

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Director: Carlos Cuarón

Cast: Carlos Cuarón, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Francella


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Carlos Cuarón, who co-wrote the script for his brother Alfonso Cuarón's breakthrough hit, Y Tu Mamá También, makes his feature directorial debut with Rudo y Cursi. The film also reunites the stars of the earlier film, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, and is the first release from theSee more details below

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Carlos Cuarón, who co-wrote the script for his brother Alfonso Cuarón's breakthrough hit, Y Tu Mamá También, makes his feature directorial debut with Rudo y Cursi. The film also reunites the stars of the earlier film, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, and is the first release from the production company Alfonso started with Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Cha Cha Chá. Rudo y Cursi depicts the changing relationship between two brothers who become soccer stars. Beto (Luna), the goaltender, is nicknamed "Rudo" because of his hard-nosed style of play, while Tato (Bernal), a forward, gets the nickname "Cursi" for his flamboyant goal celebrations and his flashy lifestyle. They both start out picking bananas in remote Tlachatlán, where they share a devotion to their mother. Then Batuta (Argentinean comic Guillermo Francella), a charmingly shiftless professional scout, happens by. He can only sign one of the brothers, so they battle it out on the pitch to see who gets his break. Instead of throwing the match to his brother as plan, Tato scores a goal and is on his way to stardom. He's more interested in becoming a pop star than a soccer star, but when he meets Maya (Jessica Mas), a famous TV hostess he's dreamed about for years, he begins to enjoy the trappings of fame. Meanwhile, resentful Beto waits for his chance. When he finally gets his break, he leaves his disapproving wife, Toña (Adriana Paz), and his kids to sneak off to Mexico City. The brothers' fortunes rise and fall, with Tato distracted by a demanding girlfriend and a hopeless singing career, while Beto deals with marital strife and a serious gambling problem. Rudo y Cursi had its New York Premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

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Not all reunions of memorable screen couples work -- think Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride. But the reunion of Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna in Rudo y Cursi is one that does, and joyously. The stars of Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También are working for Cuarón's brother this time, and Carlos Cuarón harnesses their chemistry to give us an engaging story of competing soccer prodigies and their roller-coaster careers. Although told in a predominantly comedic fashion, Rudo y Cursi works as a cautionary tale on the trappings of fame, as well as a philosophical meditation on both the concrete (soccer) and the abstract (fate). The poetic observations on soccer come via the narration of the talent scout who discovers the brothers, Batuta (Guillermo Francella), who strings together metaphors about soccer and life without over-stretching or assigning significance that isn't there. But Rudo y Cursi is also interested in the idea of fate, in a manner that goes beyond the clichéd coincidences that are designed to make inferior scripts seem clever. Insignificant details, miscommunications, fateful flips of the coin...they all play as much a role in the brothers' rise to fame as in their potential downfall. Neither is this to suggest that Rudo y Cursi is overly ponderous. Bernal and Luna appear to be having a grand old time playing eccentric superstars with a zest for their passions, and Cuarón finds the vibrancy in every camera setup. Naturally, there's enough game action to hold the interest of soccer's many fans, but it would be taking a narrow view of Rudo y Cursi to define it merely as a sports movie. Like most good films, it's a film about characters, and Beto (aka Rudo) and Tato (aka Cursi) happen to be endlessly watchable ones.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Commentary with director Carlos Cuarón and actors Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna; Deleted scenes; Making-of featurette; "I Want You to Want Me" music video; "Rudo y Cursi" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gael García Bernal Tato 'El Cursi' [Corny] Verdusco
Diego Luna Beto 'El Rudo' [Tough] Verdusco
Guillermo Francella Batuta
Salvador Zerboni Jorge W
Tania Esmeralda Aguilar Nadia
Joaquin Cosio Arnulfo
Alfredo Alfonso Don Casimiro
Fermin Martinez DT Obdulio
Eduardo Von TD Bruno López
Axel Ricco Mena
Harold Torres Trompo Tovar
Gabino Rodriguez Mafafo
Alexander Dasilva Gringa Roldán
Armando Hernandez Ciempíes
Alexandré Barceló Fito
Jorge Mondragon Porro
Jorge Mondragon Porro
Enoc Leaño Referee

Technical Credits
Carlos Cuarón Director,Screenwriter
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer
Alfonso Cuarón Producer
Annette Fradera Musical Direction/Supervision
Guillermo del Toro Producer
Martin Hernandez Sound/Sound Designer
Alejandro González Iñárritu Producer
Adam Kimmel Cinematographer
Leoncio Lara Score Composer
Annai Ramos Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Rodriguez Editor
Felipe Perez Santiago Score Composer
Manuel Teil Casting
Anna Terrazas Costumes/Costume Designer
Frida Torresblanco Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rudo y Cursi
1. Chapter 1 [4:02]
2. Chapter 2 [3:09]
3. Chapter 3 [3:01]
4. Chapter 4 [4:40]
5. Chapter 5 [5:45]
6. Chapter 6 [5:02]
7. Chapter 7 [4:40]
8. Chapter 8 [4:59]
9. Chapter 9 [3:58]
10. Chapter 10 [3:46]
11. Chapter 11 [3:57]
12. Chapter 12 [4:19]
13. Chapter 13 [2:59]
14. Chapter 14 [4:47]
15. Chapter 15 [4:45]
16. Chapter 16 [6:30]
17. Chapter 17 [5:29]
18. Chapter 18 [2:09]
19. Chapter 19 [5:11]
20. Chapter 20 [5:04]
21. Chapter 21 [3:42]
22. Chapter 22 [2:36]
23. Chapter 23 [2:19]
24. Chapter 24 [4:39]


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