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Nacho Libre

Nacho Libre

3.8 14
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


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?

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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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[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Jack Black, Jared Hess and Mike White Deleted Scenes Photo Gallery Jack Sings! Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

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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Nacho Libre 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nacho Libre is a ridiculously funny movie. All of my favorite comedies are completely silly, and Nacho Libre is no exception. There is plenty of stuff that makes no sense, as you can pretty much tell from the first "training" scene. But the chemistry is there with the cast and the script is so off-the-wall that you have to be completely lacking a sense of humor to not crack up while watching Nacho Libre. Director Hess does a great job in giving Black freedom to steal the show. The movie depicts a Mexican Priest who has a secret fantasy to be a Luchador (Wrestler). Nacho Libre (Black) attempts the difficult task of living the life of the Luchador as well as the Priest of the orphanage. You have to appreciate the subtleties! Jack Black uses a lot of physical nuances as punch lines, so you must pay attention or you'll miss the jokes. I don't know much about Mexican wrestling, so I am not aware of how this movie will be accepted by fans of the sport. But it is funny. Do not look to the script or story for any judgment regarding this movie's merit, because the charm lies solely in the acting. Many of the greatest moments were created by a combination of manner and timing, as well as editing of course. My only slight complaint about the film is that sometimes Jack Black is a little too Jack Black and not enough Ignacio. He lays his normal schtick on a bit thick now and then and puts the character and the lucha libre storyline on the backburner. But as a fan of lucha libre I really loved the way it's portrayed in this film. There are some nice action sequences and the last fight scene is really unique and well done. Plus the Human Tornado cameo will have PWG fans marking out. This movie is obviously a product of Nickelodeon Studios, and the humor will be appreciated by fans of Jimmy Neutron, Sponge bob, and other Nicktoons. If you're a fan of Jack Black and Tenacious D you'll enjoy this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jared Hess does a good job skewering Mexican exploitation/ lucha libre movies in the vein of El Santo films. Much of the comedy comes from Jack Black's bizarre facial expressions and outlandish behavior. My personal best bit is him singing and ode to the love of his life a capella. Also, for thos who get this, the Mexican sidekick guy channels the spirit of Rene Requiestas. Totally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: The off-the-wall humor of Napolean Dynamite mixed with the hilarious antics of Jack Black. If you like this stuff you are in for a special treat. Jared Hess returns with this true underdog story of Ignacio (AKA Nacho Libre) who defies all expectations to earn "monies" for the orphans in his mission. Get this: the movie is like Napolean Dynamite, except this one actually has a plot! Yes, Nacho Libre gets my five stars because not only is it hilarious, but you can also follow a story line as well. Buy it, rent it, whatever, this movie is definitely worth the monies.
donkey_love More than 1 year ago
Ridiculously dumb, yet one of the funniest movies of all time! So many one-liners it's crazy! I even gave it 3 stars for SEXY!
vampirefan30 More than 1 year ago
One of the funniet movies I've seen!!
someone_special More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie, expecting it to be full of laughs, since Jack Black was in it. Boy was I wrong! This movie was so terrible I had to stop it in the middle and couldn't finish watching. I would not reccomend this movie to anyone, for it is boring and very predictable. The picture on the front is one of the many disturbing outfits that are worn in this movie. Superman wears tights. Jack Black should not. I couldn't relate to this movie in the least, so if you want to watch a good movie, don't waste your money here.
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
funny fun movie to watch with anyone.
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