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Rudo Y Cursi [Blu-ray] (2009)

Gael Garcia Bernal , Diego Luna  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UV4XCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rudo Y Cursi [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The charismatic young stars of Y Tu Mama Tambien bring dynamic life to a familiar tale of lives ruined by ambition and rivalry. Rudo y Cursi are the nicknames given to two brothers who rise from provincial obscurity to stardom in soccer (or, as it's known everywhere except the U.S., football). Cursi (Gael Garcia Bernal) takes his gift for sport for granted as he dreams of success as a singer, despite his modest talent. Rudo (Diego Luna) is ferocious in his dedication to being a goalie, but succumbs to the compulsive highs of gambling. The arc of their rise and fall is predictable, but Luna and Garcia Bernal bring such vibrant energy to their roles that the movie becomes richly involving; the rapport between the actors (who have been friends since childhood) makes their sibling rivalry potent. Narrating the movie is the devil in their ears, their manager Batuta (Argentinean actor Guillermo Francella). Batuta weaves in and out of the story, his wily charm and self-serving manipulation undermining what little hope the brothers have of lifting themselves back up. Batuta's rueful commentary, full of sometimes comic, sometimes barbed sports metaphors, also helps lift Rudo y Cursi beyond the cliches of a sports tragedy. Written and directed by Carlos Cuaron, who co-wrote Y Tu Mama Tambien.--Bret Fetzer




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Score! From the creators and stars of the international sensation Y Tu Mamá También, comes a raucous comedic drama following two brothers’ rivalry. When a talent scout gets stranded in their tiny town, brothers Beto (Diego Luna; Milk, The Terminal) and Tato (Gael García Bernal; Bad Education, Babel) are discovered and whisked away to Mexico City to play for the big leagues where they quickly achieve fame. Beto is nicknamed “Rudo” for his hotheaded goalkeeper style and Tato is called “Cursi” for his peculiar scoring technique. But success leads to excess as Rudo descends into gambling debt and drug abuse and Cursi is distracted by beautiful women and a second career as a pop singer. Having come so far, will the siblings remember their original goal: building a home for their mother?

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Brothers in Search of a Goal May 20, 2009
Like any good sports movie, the subtitled "Rudo y Cursi" is not at all about sports. The competition exists on a much more fundamental level: One brother is pitted against the other in a battle over who the better person is. Even more fundamental is the battle each brother wages with himself between his talent and his passion, neither of which seem to go hand in hand. The strength of this film is that it relies on these simple, understandable ideas to get its point across. It also relies on clearly defined characters that behave realistically. The brothers, for example, seem not like archetypal clones but rather like actual human beings, shifting back and forth between loving and hating each other. While none of this makes for groundbreaking cinema, it does allow for an enjoyable film that's sometimes fun, sometimes dramatic, and always charming.

The film, written and directed by Carlos Cuarón (Alfonso's brother), is about Tato (Gael García Bernal) and Beto (Diego Luna), brothers from a rural Mexican village where life revolves around a banana plantation. As they play soccer, they're spotted by a stranded talent scout named Batuta (Guillermo Francella), who doubles as the film's narrator. As smooth as can be, he offers them a chance to try out for a professional team. From this, we get a much better understanding of who the brothers are: Tato clearly has talent on the field, but his real dream is to be a famous singer; Beto's dream is to be a goalie, although he seems better suited for a career in gambling. Both seem determined to help their mother, who's married to a new husband neither one of them have any patience for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Standard Sports Movie August 12, 2009
Format:DVD
I saw "Rudo y Cursi" this year at the Sarasota Film Festival and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the movie. The main reason I went to see "Rudo y Cursi" was because it starred Gael Garcia Bernal, whose films I generally enjoy. I felt a little unsure about the film going into it, because I didn't know much going into the film and felt this would be a typical sports movie, but I really enjoyed seeing this. The film is truly a story of two brothers more than anything, and, though it does revolve around their passion for sports, it didn't feel like your regular sports film. It does have some of your stereotypical sports film moments, but in the end it was a very unique movie experience. Anyone who enjoys Gael Garcia Bernal films, will definitely love this movie. He is equally serious and humorous in the film and serves as a great counterpart to Diego Luna who plays his brother. I feel that this film can be enjoyed by a wide array of viewers and would suggest this film to anyone, as it is an all around great movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, rollicking movie and cautionary tale to boot November 13, 2009
Format:DVD
'Rudo y Cursi' is a fun, rollicking movie and a cautionary tale to boot. I was lucky enough to see this film's debut at Dallas AFI in early 2009, where it was introduced by writer/director Carlos Cuarón. That night, Cuarón called 'Rudo y Cursi' "a tale of my Mexico and what it is today, good or bad." What we get is Cuarón's comedic/dramatic arc of the gravitational pull of Mexico D.F. on small-city dreamers, an obsession with El Fútbol Mexicano, shady sports promotion, a hyper-aggressive media looking to find and promote stars, here-today-gone-tomorrow success, and - lurking in the background - allusions to the ascendancy of powerful drug lords.

Our audience was split 50-50 between native Spanish and English speakers - the Spanish-speaking half laughed uproariously throughout; the English-speaking half found the proceedings interesting, funny...but maybe not quite that funny. The difference was between the spoken word and the subtitles - I had a friend confirm that half-brothers Tato (Gael García Bernal) and Beto (Diego Luna) are insulting each other throughout in inventive, bluer-than-blue, can-you-top-this street language. The subtitles reflect only a small slice of that linguistic flair.

Like many, I was delighted by the little Easter egg tucked away inside this film: García Bernal's hilariously campy ranchera rendition of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" - recast here as "Quiero Que Me Quieras." As director, Carlos Cuarón may not have quite the emotional touch that older brother Alfonso laid down with perfection in Y Tu Mama Tambien, but Carlos definitely has the ear for comedy and cultural touchstones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mexico City Can Be Too Enticing November 8, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
"Rudo y Cursi" (2009) features two banana-picking brothers playing football (soccer) in their small Mexican village where they are discovered by a scout/scam artist (Guillermo Francella), the film's sometime narrator. Rudo (Diego Luna) is a goalie, and Cursi (Gael Garcia Bernal) is an effective scorer. The scout can only take one of them to Mexico City, so they choose who is to go by a penalty kick. Cursi wins, gets established in pro soccer, and talks the scout into getting his brother onto another team.
Both become successful. Cursi would just as soon be a pop music star and tries his hand at it. His flaw is falling for a beautiful faithless celebrity girl friend, and Rudo's failing is his addictive gambling habit.
Both run into trouble and can't handle success. There are a lot of crooks around ready to fix games, and one brother gets entrapped in a fix which involves the other.
The movie "Y Tu Mama Tambien" was co-written by Carlos Cuaron, but this time he wrote and directed using the same lead actors from "Mama."
In Spanish with English sub-titles, the flick never really shows the two with any real soccer skills, and is short on detailed soccer sequences. The pictures of village life are well-handled, and the movie has many realistic elements.
These two guys aren't the best actors you've ever seen, but they turn in credible enough jobs to keep the plot boiling and the lid ready to pop. Some of the plot features may seem familiar and overworked to you. It reminds me of what a very good "B" movie used to be like in the good old days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars RyC
Extremely funny and well written.
Published 16 days ago by Juan Cedillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice movie
Published 18 days ago by Idalmi Tejeda
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal as a duo, Y tu mama Tambien, Casa De Mi Padre. There awesome together, the movie has a great story too.
Published 5 months ago by Cheryl Gosselin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Its hard to get all of the humor if you are not a spanish speaking family but it was so funny for my family
Published 6 months ago by SIPRNET
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Have seen Gael in so many great movies and seeing him work with Diego Luna once again was just splendid. Great film and it looks way better in Blu-Ray.
Published 6 months ago by Mid9ghtpoet
5.0 out of 5 stars rudo y cursis
great story very funny just goes too show how even a couple of guys from a small town can make it and become famous
Published 11 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE MOVIE EVER
no scratches works great.

movie i think is hilarious. might have a lot of bad words for some people taste.. ohhh well.
Published 11 months ago by _CranberryLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Very good movie great actors Mexican movies seem to be coming back its worth the price , I hope they keep making good movies
Published 15 months ago by Hex
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have finally watched it!
I've been wanting to watch this movie for a long time and I'm so glad I did! Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal are PERFECT together; they're a winning team! A MUST SEE!
Published 19 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Exellente !!!!
Rudi Y Cursi is a great film that proves that Mexican Cinema still has some bite. Of course it helps that the film does have some incredible lead actors (Gael Garcia Bernal and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by XISDEAD
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