ABC Film Challenge – Sports – N – Nacho Libre (2006) Movie Review

Director: Jared Hess

Writer: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike White (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, Darius Rose, Moises Arias, Diego Eduardo Gomez

Plot: Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler).

Tagline – He’s not lean. He’s not mean. He’s nacho average hero
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Poor Comedy

Story: Nacho Libre starts as we meet monk Nacho (Black) who has always been looked down on in his monastery left to be the cook, when a new nun sister Encarnacion (Reguera) arrives, Nacho wants to become friends, only for him to find himself deciding to chase his dream of becoming a luchador wrestler, joining forces with Esqueleto (Jimenez).

The pair do start bringing in the money, with the goal being to raise enough money to give the orphans a better life, even if this means going against everything his religion says.

Thoughts on Nacho Libre

Characters – Nacho has lived in the monastery his whole life becoming a monk, only he doesn’t get treated the same as the rest of the monks, he is the chef with little amounts of food to work with, with a dream of becoming a luchador wrestler. He is torn between following this dream to make the most with money which could help the orphans, or continuing his faith. Sister Encarnacion is the newest member of the monastery, she is turns heads with everybody wanting to get to know her better, with Nacho using her as inspiration to continue chasing his dream. Esqueleto is a homeless young man that Nacho convinces to becoming his tag team partner, with the two making money while entertaining to the crowds in the process.

PerformancesJack Black does seem to struggle to hit the comedy levels we know he can reach in this film, being too much of a parody for his own good. We don’t have the best from any of the cast here, because nothing feels natural enough for the comedy to flow.

StoryThe story here follows a monk that wants to follow his dream of becoming a luchador wrestler to help fund the monastery get the supplies required. This story doesn’t seem to get going with each scene seeming to look like a sketch show rather than a connected story. The idea of chasing someone’s dream is a nice idea, though it just doesn’t seem to become that believable in anyway. This is a story that has an idea of heart, only it just doesn’t seem to understand how to pull through the heart side of the film.

Comedy/SportsThe comedy in this film misses more often than not, it aims to try and copy Mexican stereotypes more than anything else., with the sports side of the film being about wrestling in the Mexican style, which seems to focus on real fighting, rather than what wrestling truly is.

SettingsThe film uses two main settings, the monastery and the wrestling areas, both become important to what is going on with Nacho.

Scene of the Movie – Final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The random eagle egg scene.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that misses more often than it hits, it ends up feeling disappointing and not understand the true meaning in wrestler in Mexico.

Overall: Disappointing Comedy.

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