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Rudo y Cursi (2009)


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 80
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: Despite its fair share of sports movie cliches, Rudo y Cursi marks an auspicious directing debut for Carlos Cuarón, and features strong performances from García Bernal and Luna.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: Despite its fair share of sports movie cliches, Rudo y Cursi marks an auspicious directing debut for Carlos Cuarón, and features strong performances from García Bernal and Luna.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 19,249


Movie Info

Beto and Tato are a pair of rivaling, dim-witted brothers who work on a dusty banana ranch and play soccer for their local team. Beto, a goalie whose hot temper on the field earns him the nickname of Rudo, dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, while Tato wants to be a famous singer. They both share the dream of building a big house for their mother, Elvira, but all of their desires seem completely out of reach, that is, until a talent scout, Batuta, discovers their skill on the field. … More

R (for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Carlos Cuarón
In Theaters:
Aug 25, 2009
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Rudo y Cursi

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (29) | DVD (3)

He's helped by charismatic, pleasingly ambivalent performances by all involved, and while a later penalty sequence is needlessly prolonged, it doesn't diminish the film's cumulative effect. Serious fun.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Rudo y Cursi never quite figures out what it wants to be. Is it a sports comedy? A tale of sibling rivalry? A look at Mexico's gritty underbelly, set against a soccer backdrop?

Full Review… | June 17, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Carlos Cuaron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Y Tu Mama También, makes his directorial debut with this easygoing sports movie/family drama/musical comedy/crime story.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

[Has] a mess of cultural issues to reckon with, and Rudo y Cursi deals with them while offering an engaging rags-to-riches sports fantasy.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Bernal and Luna have great sibling comic chemistry.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

As we follow their adventures, it's impossible to ignore how poorly women come off in this story, alternatively as nags, cheats, liars and cloying opportunists.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A sharp social satire of contemporary Mexico, held together by the slapstick glue of García and Luna's country-boy antics.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
East Bay Express

Beneath its gritty visual realism -- which feels more suited to a full-on drama -- it's a delightful shrug of a movie.

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

All you can see are a pair of aging jocks laboring for condescending yuks

Full Review… | August 25, 2009

A fun yet enlightening film that's part Mexican and all human.

Full Review… | August 24, 2009
Movie Metropolis

A cheeky viewing experience.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Creative Loafing

A comically relevant fairy tale about the excessive trappings of celebrity and the dangers of achieving one's goals.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009

Apparently it's a hit in Mexico, which shows a remarkably generous sense of humour, given that Cuaron leaves no one standing. It's a funny movie but quite brutal.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald

A film that can't quite choose between the light and dark possibilities it conjures.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
The Age (Australia)

First time director Carlos Cuaron successfully mixes touching comedy with biting social realism.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Garcia and Luna share outstanding chemistry together, and provide Rudo y Cursi with a definite edge and generous spirit of bewilderment that keeps the picture engaging.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
Dark Horizons

Bright, fresh, well observed human drama dressed up as comedy as two brothers rise from rags to riches through their soccer talents

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Writer director Carlos Cuarón (brother of Alfonso) has created characters that are so real you can almost hear their thoughts. Tato and Beto are filled with contradictions, faults, quirks and foibles, yet we like them and want them to succeed

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Urban Cinefile

This is a movie enlivened by the two stars' goofy love-hate relationship, its all-pervasive cynicism and the film-maker's mischievous decision to keep his eye off the ball.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Times [UK]

Lacks dramatic punch and satirical bite - it's all rather cartoonish - but it's full of great characters and moves at an energetic pace. This is a superior buddy film.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

Not as obviously delightful as Y tu mamá también, Rudo y Cursi is never less than enjoyable, helped by charismatic playing between two stars constantly calling each other "pendejo" and some gorgeous camera work from Adam Kimmel.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Observer [UK]

It's a tale of two humble Mexican boys filmed with rough-around-the-edges production values and lots of energy, whose appeal will stretch to footie fans who wouldn't normally park themselves in front of a subtitled film.

July 3, 2009
Little White Lies

It scores high on clichés but makes up for it with lots of fizzing energy and lively turns. Indeed it's more screwball than football.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Digital Spy

Cuarón's spirited footie fable is a game of two halves, buzzing with balls, bimbos and black comedy, but ultimately unable to bring home the trophy. Bernal gets man of the match, no contest.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Total Film

Rudo and Cursi has enough vitality to transcend its air of formula.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Rudo y Cursi

great to see the pairing of bernal and luna again. the sibling rivalry and bonds of brotherhood are well rendered. there are comedic bursts, but not enough to carry the film. love bernal's video ~ the funniest act in the film.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

Super good movie! The film is just simply amazing with a great actor with Bernal; Diego Luna was just very funny and the movie gives a great message for everyone we all can learn from. The ending was just perfect and to me was the best part of the movie. It was directed Carlos Cuarón and produced by himself and with colaboration with two very talented fellows also with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and Guillermo del Toro so you can see the talent this film really has.

Mexican half brothers Beto and Tato - who will eventually be appropriately nicknamed Rudo (rough) and Cursi (corny), respectively - have a typical love/hate relationship with each other. They both work on a banana plantation and live with their extended family consisting of their mother, abusive stepfather, sister Nadia, and Beto's wife Toña and their children. The family are rural peasant class and are barely making ends meet. The brother's fortunes change when into their lives comes Batuta, a soccer scout. Despite their advancing ages, both Beto and Tato are naturally gifted at soccer, Beto as a goaltender and Tato as a striker. Playing professionally has always been Beto's dream, although Tato has other professional thoughts on his mind. Batuta eventually recruits both for different teams in Mexico City. Beto and Tato's fortunes rise and fall, the falls based on those things which hold more passion for the brothers. For Tato, he loves fast women, specifically television spokes-model Maya, but he loves singing even more. He would give up his soccer career for one in Mexican country singing, if only he was any good at it. For Beto, his passion is gambling. Although Beto is up front and straightforward about most things in life, he would lie and cheat to hide his gambling problem and debts. They just have to keep these alternate passions in check to make their soccer lives lucrative ones.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


A funny, but very unrealistic rags-to-riches story.

It's entertaining, but not much more. I don't like to compare, especially between siblings, but Carlos Cuarón doesn't have the talent his brother Alfonso has for directing and writing.

There are a lot of plot holes, and few truly funny moments. Cuaron's writing style is very unsophisticated. It's a shame to see Mexico's "dynamic duo", Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna almost gone to waste in RUDO Y CURSI, even though they managed to give decent performances.


In "Rudo Y Cursi," Tato(Gael Garcia Bernal) and Beto(Diego Luna) are half brothers who work on a banana plantation and love to play soccer in their free time. While Beto is the responsible manager with a wife(Adriana Paz) and kids, Tato dreams of becoming a musician and possibly going north to Texas. One day on the way to a friendly soccer game, they encounter Baton(Guillermo Francella), a soccer scout, whose flashy red sports car has broken down. After watching the game and being duly impressed, he claims he can only take one brother with him back to Mexico City. Tato wins on a penalty kick with a bit of guile. Once he is settled on a team, he finds a place for his brother on a second division club.

"Rudo Y Cursi" is an engaging enough movie that suffers from a lack of credulity in its story arc with the brothers having little trouble in their rise to fame and the tone is more fatuous than serious, with little new insight on the nature of fame. Compare this movie to the low key "Sugar" for instance. Some of the issues in "Rudo Y Cursi" may stem from Baton's narration, embellishing certain events while deleting other details, at the same time not forgetting his role in corruption. And there is an interesting twist on the big game. In the end, the movie, like the recent World Cup, just goes to prove that some people take soccer way too seriously.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Rudo y Cursi Quotes

Nowadays, wars are mistaken for games, and games for wars.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
The poorest places are where you'll find a diamond in the rough.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)

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