Nacho Libre (PG)

Comedy 100 June 16, 2006
By Robert Wilonsky
Jack Black, tenacious in tight pants of various shades, plays the titular Nacho, a kid raised in a Mexican orphanage who dreams of becoming a luchador, with a superhero's mask obscuring his round face in the wrestling ring. The entirety of the movie deals with his sneaking out of the orphanage, where he's a cook charged with doling out black-bean gruel topped with stale nacho remnants, to wrestle with a scrawny thief named Esqueleto (Héctor Jiménez). There is a love interest too -- a nun named Sister Encarnación, played by Mexican soap opera star Ana de la Reguera, who looks exactly like Paz Vega and Penelope Cruz. See it today and forget it tomorrow -- that's the mantra of Nacho Libre, which has some memorable lines (most delivered by its supporting players, chief among them the so-skinny-he's-almost-transparent Jiménez) that want to be catchphrases, if only they didn't slip from your grasp.
Jared Hess Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, Richard Montoya, Peter Stormare, Troy Gentile, Moises Arias, Lauro Chartrand, Carla Jimenez, Cesar Gonzalez Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike White Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, Mike White Paramount Pictures

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