Nacho Libre: Special Collector’s Edition

DVD Reviews | Nov 4th, 2006

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Starring Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hctor Jimnez
Written By: Mike White, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Directed By: Jared Hess
Studio: Paramount
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Nacho Libre was suppose to be a comedy right? Hmm, that’s strange I didn’t laugh once. I don’t even think I chuckled, smirked, smiled, giggle, anything! Well I guess if you find Jack Black REALLY funny than you will like this movie. But if you are looking for a funny comedy, you’ll be very disappointed.

Nacho Libre is about Ignacio, who was raised in a Mexican monastery, and works there as a cook. He feeds orphan children bad food and isn’t very good at cooking. He always dreamed about becoming a wrestler and one day his dream comes true. He decides to don a mask & wrestle for money in a tournament so he can buy better food for the children and gain respect among his people. Ignacio gets a wrestler sidekick, with the help from a skinny, but fast street peasant named Esqueleto “The Skeleton.” They aren’t the best wrestlers, actually they are quite bad but they still manage to wrestle the premiere wrestler of Mexico. Yeah you can figure out the outcome of that match. While he’s trying to be a wrestler, a new nun comes to the monastery and Ignacio falls for her. He tries to win her heart and show her that wrestling isn’t a sin.

I thought I was starting to like Jack Black’s movies but this one puts him down a peg again. School of Rock was great, and he was good in King Kong; but this movie character just isn’t likable. Maybe he shouldn’t talk like Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride the whole movie. I’m not sure who green lighted this movie but it’s just not that funny. The wrestling scenes were okay but the rest of the film dragged way too much. I think the jokes were extremely subtle and when there was something on screen that was suppose to be funny, it really wasn’t laugh out loud funny. This movie was directed by Jared Hess, who also directed Napoleon Dynamite. So the film is slightly similar in humor but ND is at least funny and you’ll end up quoting the movie to death. This movie, you’ll probably want to turn it off about half way through. And if you think by watching this movie all the way through will get you to laugh, you’re wasting your time.

I didn’t bother checking out any extras of the Dvd because I didn’t enjoy the movie and don’t really care what was said about the movie. But if you actually like Nacho Libre, some of the extras include commentary with Black, Jared Hess and Mike White, some deleted scenes, photo gallery, some featurettes and more stuff.

Nacho Libre isn’t funny and is pretty stupid. It’s not even stupid funny, it’s just didn’t get any laughs out of me. So take that into account when deciding whether or not to buy or rent this movie. Maybe I have to see this film again to appreciate it but I’m not sure I can stomach sitting through this again.

– Audio Commentary by Jack Black, Jared Hess and Mike White
– Nacho Libre Comic Book Creator
– Deleted Scenes
– Photo Gallery
– Jack Sings!
– 5 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
– And Much More

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Maybe the wrestling scenes but that’s about it.
Rating: PG
Running Time: 92 minutes
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