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Rudo y Cursi (2009)



Critic 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.

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. To Beto's chagrin, it is Tato, whose curlicue field play earns him the nickname of Cursi, who is chosen to become a star player. Not to be bested, Beto scores a goalie position on a rival team, further intensifying the competition between them. But success makes the brothers confront their own personal demons and sets them on a chase for more than just soccer balls. Cuaron keeps the energy high and the laughter rolling even as he crafts a moral into the story. But even if the dueling brothers do find a way out of the banana ranch, will the banana ranch ever find a way out of them?more
Rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carlos Cuarón
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
Box Office: $1.7M
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Gael García Bernal
as Tato 'El Cursi' (Cor...
Diego Luna
as Beto 'El Rudo' (Toug...
Alfredo Alfonso
as Don Casimiro
Eduardo Von
as TD Bruno López
Harold Torres
as Trompo Tovar
Alexander Dasilva
as Gringa Roldán
Alexander Da Silva
as Gringa Roldán
Enoc Leano
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for Rudo y Cursi

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (32)

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

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

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.

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