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With: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, Darius Rose, Cesar Gonzalez, Peter Stormare
Written by: Mike White, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Directed by: Jared Hess
MPAA Rating: PG for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue
Running Time: 91
Date: 06/16/2006

Nacho Libre (2006)

2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jared Hess's strange, strange new movie seems willing to imitate the cult status of his previous film, Napoleon Dynamite. But as common wisdom says, you can't make a cult classic on purpose. Jack Black creates a sustained performance within the very loose guidelines of his character, a Mexican priest who dreams of fame as a masked wrestler. Only when he gives up glory for the sake of the church's orphans does he succeed (and win the love of the cute nun, played by Ana de la Reguera). Hess's blocky rhythms and offbeat pacing give way to many unexpected laughs, but Mike White's script (co-written by Hess and his wife Jerusha Hess) takes the characters through an all-too familiar arc. Hector Jimenez co-stars as Nacho's tag-team partner.

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