Nacho Libre

2006, Comedy, 1h 31m

166 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however. Read critic reviews

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Ignacio (Jack Black), or Nacho to his friends, works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he grew up. The monastery is home to a host of orphans whom Nacho cares for deeply, but there is not much money to feed them properly. Nacho decides to raise money for the children by moonlighting as a Lucha Libre wrestler with his partner Esqueleto (Héctor Jiménez), but since the church forbids Lucha, Nacho must disguise his identity.

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  • Nov 07, 2013
    I'd be lying if I said that Nacho Libre was a complete dud because to be fair the film does have moments that seem like it is an original concept. Nacho isn't just some nobody chasing a dream like countless other movies we've seen before, but he does what he loves for a reason: to give Catholic orphans more sustainability, or at least better food. But in the end, that aspect is pretty glossed over. It's as dull and predictable for the most part as it leads on, even taking a shot at religion and Christianity here and there. Typical main character trying to escape a life forced on him, being revealed and being ashamed, then coming back and saving the day. *yawn* wake me when it's over. There's also a very awkward romance between Nacho and a young nun that of course because of their celibacy vow doesn't go anywhere. I have a long history of hatred for an unnecessary romance thrown in movies where a romance clearly doesn't belong, but here it was just ridiculous and very unnerving. So is Nacho Libre a horrible movie? I guess not. The atmosphere is very nice and the music is catchy and somewhat soothing, and while like other Jack Black films this has too much "Jack Black", you really believe he is a Mexican friar. Even if he does purposefully imitate Antonio Banderas to get to that spot. So not a total disappointment, but still it's pretty lackluster and clumsy. If you're looking for an entertaining and original story, go ahead and skip. But it won't kill you to watch once.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2013
    Silly but at times funny.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2012
    Nacho Libre is a surprisingly decent comedy with Jack Black, whom I never really was a big fan of. This is a fun, whimsical comedy and is one of the better films with Jack Black. Nacho Libre is a decent flick with a few good laughs here and there, but is never anything great. What makes this film a slight misfire is the fact that Jack Black basically plays the same character he's been playing from the beginning of his career. The humor is good, better than I thought. Considering that this is Jack Black film, this is a pretty decent flick. I normally hate his stuff, but there's something about Nacho Libre that I enjoyed. This film is a decent comedy to watch with your family, and it delivers some laughs here and there. The film could have been better. The result is an entertaining comedy that delivers laughs, but you realize that something is missing from this film to truly create something memorable. Overall, this is a charming film that almost gets the job done. Nacho Libre is mindless fun from start to finish, and despite the fact that it's not perfect, it manages to be fun entertainment. The film is worth watching, and compared to other Jack Black films, it's better too. Though not perfect, this film is fun, and if you enjoy a mindless comedy, this is the perfect flick for you to watch. Definitely one of the better Jack Black films that I've seen.
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  • Jan 10, 2012
    I was really suprised on how funny this was. One of Black's best performances.
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