Nacho Libre (2006)

Directed by: Jared Hess

From the same director of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess brings about about another goofy comedy about a monk starring Jack Black. Nacho (Black) is a monastery cook, who spends his day feeding orphans in the same place he was raised. When the orphanage faces a financial crises, Nacho decides to take matters in his own hands (whether it’s a sin or not). Meanwhile, the beautiful Sister Encarnación arrives at the monastery to teach, and Nacho realizes that the only way to win her affection and to save the children, will be by competing as a Luchador wrestler.

This movie has received a lot of harsh criticism for being racist or not being politically correct. I would disagree, and say that this movie delivers exactly what would be expected: lots of laughs. I have been a fan of Jack Black’s ever since School of Rock and I thought his performance in this film was exceptional. Unlike Napoleon Dynamite, the story-line was actually quite good. The overall theme is about the caring of others, and I find it’s rare to find a silly comedy with a feel-good story too. Nacho Libre has many laugh out loud moments and is very quotable. If you’re looking for a serious film, this movie is not for you!

 

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