Nacho Libre (PG)

Comedy 100 June 16, 2006
By Robert Wilonsky
Not entirely unpleasant, this latest comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess is only 30 to 45 minutes too long, and therefore a marked improvement for a filmmaker who approached the medium with the attention deficiency of a TV sketch-comedy writer. Jack Black plays the titular Nacho, a kid raised in a Mexican orphanage who dreams only 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 to wrestle with a scrawny thief named Esqueleto (Héctor Jiménez). Resting on the flabby shoulders of Black, who spends the film jiggling his shirtless frame across the widest of screens, Nacho Libre has the cheap, faded feel of something utterly disposable and entirely forgettable--like a movie made in the late 1970s or early '80s, dusted off and trotted out to make a little coin before going direct to home video. (Robert Wilonsky)
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