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Nacho Libre [Blu-ray] (2006)

Jack Black , Ana de la Reguera , Jared Hess  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (733 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Efren Ramirez, Héctor Jiménez, Darius Rose
  • Directors: Jared Hess
  • Writers: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike White
  • Producers: Ben LeClair, Benjamin Cooley, Damon Ross, David Klawans
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (733 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HDZK1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jack Black is at his comic best as Ignacio, a disrespected cook at a Mexican monastery that can barely afford to feed the orphans who live there. Inspired by a local wrestling hero, he decides to moonlight as the not-so-famous Luchador "Nacho Libre" to earn money for the monastery -- not to mention the admiration of beautiful nun Sister Encarnacion.

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This Jack Black vehicle seems, on the surface, like a perfect fit for the actor: an opportunity to showcase Black's unique style with the extreme facial gestures and exuberant physicality that have become his forte. Black plays Ignacio, a lowly cook in a monastery in central Mexico who feeds orphans by day, and wrestles in the town square at night. Ignacio teams up with Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez), a street urchin who tormented him, to form a tag-team duo that goes up against the strangest wrestlers Mexico has to offer. Besides doing it for money to feed the orphans, Ignacio is also fighting to win the forbidden affections of Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera) with predictable difficulty. While the movie has likeable characters and the plot is enjoyable enough, it can’t overcome its plodding pace and formulaic structure enough to keep the movie interesting throughout. Jack Black is a very strong comedic actor, and the wrestling scenes offer plenty of chances for slapstick, physical comedy, but watching him run around in red briefs and blue tights amounts to half the laughs in the movie, and there’s just not enough here for him to really work with. When he plays a more well-formed character, as in School of Rock and High Fidelity, his strengths really show. But in Nacho Libre he’s saddled with a caricature. Weighed down by too much low-brow humor and a script that goes nowhere, Nacho Libre just can’t make full enough use of Black’s talents to overcome the obstacles. --Daniel Vancini

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than you might expect October 30, 2006
Format:DVD
Much better than most comedies; you do have to have a sense of humor to enjoy it, so if you rarely laugh, don't go to this movie. Kind hearted and humorous portrayal of Mexican culture; if you have lived in Mexico as I have, you should enjoy this. Also it's refresing to see a movie that can be humorous without resorting to overt sexual conversations.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic Jack Black October 16, 2006
Format:DVD
It's good to know that farce is alive and well in the world. Since the mid 90's it feels like film makers have lost their grip on truly great weird comedy. Movies that speak to the few and turn off the rest. It seems that even as the tools to unlock our imaginations get flashier and flashier, and special effect budgets grow and grown, American film grow static and stale. Then when it seems like all hope is lost, a film like NACHO LIBRE comes along.

Somewhere in Mexico, a young priest named Nacho (Jack Black) longs to be recognized. He's tired of serving the same bland food to the young boys in his charge. He's tired of being disrespected by the other priests. He longs to be a luchadore (a Mexican wrestler), and to gain the affections of the stunning Sister Encarnacion (Ana del la Regura). Then when all hope is lost he teams up with a new friend named Esquelta, and takes the Mexican wrestling world by storm. Will the orphan boys get better food? Will Nacho win the heart of Sister Encarnacion? Will he lose everything he has, on a quest to become a great warrior? Giving this movie its due will provide those answers and more. The movie not perfect. It's a little overly long and some of the jokes fall flat on their face. But there is an earnestness and a sweet gentility in the film that will win you over. You cannot enter this movie with the wrong attitude and if you don't like weird movies its not for you. But if you let it entertain you and if you give into the fact that it really bizarre, it will work. You have to take every scene with grain of salt and logic must be thrown out the window. But if you turn off that part of your brain that strives for everything to be plausible, than this film will entertain.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nacho ==== Friar Storm November 3, 2006
By RISS
Format:DVD
A great Movie. FYI. Nacho does exist in real life, his name is Fray Tormenta(Friar Storm) and is/was a Wrestler now a Teacher/Master and the story is the same a Friar/Priest who wrestles to help ophan kids !!!

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Nacho! June 25, 2006
Like Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre is going to have people on both sides of the fence, leaving few sitting on it. Count me on the "for" side - in fact, this is the funniest, and one of the most heart warming movies of 2006. After a number of disappointments, it was an absolute pleasure to sit through a movie with a script that sings, characters that one wants to root for from the beginning and a soundtrack that can't help but keep a smile on your face.

Jack Black is in Shallow Hal mode here, alternating between disgusting and endearing, and cracking the audience up at every turn. A lot of reviews have mentioned this is not much more than Black running around half naked and sporting a faux Mexican personnage. It is so much more than that. Black's "Nacho" is a classic tortured spirit, caught up in the ordinariness of his mundane life as a Friar at an orphanage but dreams of stardom as a luchadore . . . and, of course, love.

The love interest here is a little complicated as it's a nun Nacho's in love with; Sister Sister Encarnación, portrayed by the stunning Ana de la Reguera (who strongly resembles a younger Penelope Cruz).

Nacho's sidekick features an amazingly hilarious physical actor, the rubbery faced, thin-as-a-noodle, Hector Jimenez as Esqueleto. His screams alone are worth the price of admission.

There are sight gags throughout of the highest - and lowest - order, touches of the bizarre that echo Mr. Hess's first major effort; combined with an at times almost childlike sense of wonderment and look at life.

This is a major American filmmaker's sophmore effort and it is a glorious, wonderful, big smelly valentine of a movie. You couldn't ask for more from a summer flick than Nacho has to offer. See it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did you tell him those were the Lord's cheeps? March 16, 2008
By Amy A
Format:DVD
OMG, this is a very silly movie but fun and with a heart. So many lines have become stock with my children, ages 15 and 7. We cannot eat chips and salsa without getting the giggles about 'the Lord's chips' (pronounced 'cheeps'). We also loved 'Napoleon Dynamite' as well as 'School of Rock', so that explains a lot of why the movie is such a good fit for us. But, when you think about it, a movie that can repeatedly entertain a 7 year old, a 15 year old and a, well, mom, that's quite a feat!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed so hard that I cried October 8, 2006
By Kahlua
Format:DVD
Nachoooooooooooo Libre was just the break that I needed after a rough week at work. This movie had me laughing uncontrollably for almost the entire time. I have not seen a silly-funny movie like this in quite some time. If you are (were) into wrestling and all the 80's stuff growing up, than you'll definitely get the references that are in this movie.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I didn't know what to expect from this movie. I like Jack Black but watching his movies are hit or miss. Sometimes they are great, sometimes they are horrible. This movie falls closer to the great side. Its not hysterically funny but it is certainly entertaining and worth a watch. The acting and dialogue is very reminiscent of Napoleon Dynamite, which could be expected since both movies are produced by the same people. The acting is bad but intentionally so and the story is original. Overall I really enjoyed this flick and do recommend it to others.
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