12 certificateNacho Libre is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Nacho Libre is a 3 star programme

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Nacho Libre (2006)

Directed by
Jared Hess

An extremely silly movie, this Mexican wrestling comedy from 2006 sees Jack Black (pictured) trying to give a more subtle, less physical performance after School of Rock and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.

Sadly it doesn't always work. Although it's a pleasant, sometimes endearing 88 minutes, there's quite a lot of ho-hum in between the occasional laughs. Black plays Nacho, a downtrodden chef at the Mexican orphanage where he grew up. Cheesed off at not being able to serve up anything that appeals to the growing kids, he devises a plan to become a "luchador" - a wrestler. Enlisting the emaciated Esqueleto the Skeleton (Héctor Jiménez), Black squeezes himself into some spandex in a bid to win cash for the orphans.

This bizarre turn of events does produce the film's finest line, as Black prances about in his quarters, trying on his colourful attire. "When you are a man," Nacho tells one of the orphans, "sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun."

Things hot up considerably when a new nun - Sister Encarnacion (Latin American soapstar Ana de la Reguera) - arrives at the monastery. Nacho tries to win her love, by offering her (of all things) some toast in his quarters. Bad idea.

While the film has its moments - this is Mexican wrestling with a portly actor tackling some rather bonkers opponents in the ring - it's not a classic, but is fine for the kids. Jared Hess, who directed Napoleon Dynamite, fails to produce consistent laughs and the film's potential is never properly fulfilled. Shame really.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 89 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Jack BlackJack Black...Nacho
Image for Ana de la RegueraAna de la Reguera...Sister Encarnación
Image for Héctor JiménezHéctor Jiménez...Esqueleto
Darius Rose...Chancho
Moises Arias...Juan Pablo
Carlos Maycotte...Segundo Nuñez
Richard Montoya...Guillermo
Cesar Gonzalez...Ramses
Rafael Montalvo...Elderly Monk
Julio Sandoval...Snaggle Tooth Monk
Ventura 'Tigre Hispano' Lahoz...Arena Referee
Felipe Jesus 'Terror Chino' Hernandez...Arena Referee
Enrique Muñoz...Señor Ramon
Carla Jimenez...Candidia
Agustin 'Rigo' Rey...Galindo
Ricardo 'Caballero de la Muerte' Castillo...Galindo
Troy Gentile...Young Nacho
Donald Chambers...Silencio
Julio Escalero...Ramses Trainer
Image for Peter StormarePeter Stormare...Emperor