Review by Lando Da Pimp
The biggest problem with Nacho Libre was the scrutinizing
of director Jared Hess to repeat with Napoleon Dynamite
success and creation of a family film that doesn't rely
on crude humor. Ultimately I think he has repeated with
another successful film. While most movie goers were looking
for the “typical Jack Black” comedy I put that
to the side and watched a very strange yet hysterical film
that you can easily attribute to Hess.
Jack Black plays Ignacio a man who needs respect. Working
as a cook in a Mexican monastery Igancio decides that he
must make money to help feed the children. The plates of
refried beans keep them from having solid movements. With
no money for good ingredients Ignacio puts on stretchy pants
,and wrestle in disguise as Nacho Libre. While his main
focus is to make money for the kids, he secretly hopes to
impress the lovely Sister Encarnación and earn the
respect of the crowd and fellow wrestlers. Nacho teams with
his rail-thin, partner Stephen, a.k.a. Esqueleto (the Skeleton).
Together they hope to make money and find a place where
A nice collection of features included a commentary track
with JackBlack, Jared Hess, and screenwriter Mike White
discussing the film, it’s actors, and stories of making
the film. Five great featurettes of the making of Nacho
Libre are the standouts of the disc. Jack leads the way
as he shows the viewer behind the scenes, interviews his
fellow co-star Hector Jimenez, and shows you his acting
process. Jack, at his finest.
You also have the opportunity to watch Jack sing and prepare
his performance of the songs "La Cancion de Ramses"
and "La Cancion De Encarnacion” with Jared Hess.
Three deleted scenes titled "The Way of the Eagle,"
"Poem for Ramses," and "Ramses Gets Jumped”
are also included.
For two films now Jared Hess has put together a
film that is funny and doesn't rely on crude or vulgar humor.
While I normally wouldn't enjoy a comedy that is rated PG-13
or in case of Nacho PG, I laughed my ass off.
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