Nacho Libre

All the sophistication of an under-the-bedcovers fart.

Film Review by Paul Greenwood | 14 Aug 2006
Film title: Nacho Libre
Director: Jared Hess
Starring: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez
Release date: August 11th
Certificate: 12A

Director Jared Hess follows up his divisive 'Napoleon Dynamite' with another spiteful swipe at the socially woebegone in this supposed comedy that sees Jack Black as Nacho, an impoverished Mexican friar smitten with de la Reguera's comely nun, who takes up wrestling ostensibly as a way to provide a better life for the local orphans. Hess aims low, with little more than the sight of Black in spandex to sustain us, and the rest of the purported comedy rooted in scatology, cruelty and cheap racial caricaturing. Black is a hugely talented performer, but the few smiles that are squeezed out by him and him alone are not enough to save this embarrassing movie that combines the lurid palette of a Jodorowsky film with all the sophistication of an under-the-bedcovers fart. [Paul Greenwood]