Tuesday 18th January 2022

Nacho Libre (12A)
Directed by: Jared Hess
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Fat guy in stretchy pants: silly
Fat guy in stretchy pants: silly

Jack Black is a funny chap. Not content with being in the best band in the world (Tenacious D) he continues his assault on the movie world, this time starring as a Mexican wrestling monk in Nacho Libre. If you're not familiar with Mr Black, he's the guy who starred in School of Rock, as well as appearing in High Fidelity and Anchorman.

In this film, he plays Nacho, a monk in a small Mexican orphanage who is in charge of cooking. However, his meagre budget gives him very little scope to serve anything other than unappetising slop to his fellow monks and the unfortunate children.

Despite the fact that fighting for sport is considered a sin, Nacho eventually decides to follow his childhood dream of becoming a wrestler, and uses the money he earns from getting his behind handed to him in the ring to buy plenty of delicious food for the orphanage.

Directed by Jared Hess, the man behind the ingenious and understated Napoleon Dynamite, this film definitely errs on the side of amusing rather than laugh-out-loud-funny. There are about ten very funny moments, but really it is just whimsical throughout. The majority of the humour comes from laughing at silly accents, daft events and fat guys in wrestling outfits.

All of which is worth watching, but this one requires something more than just silliness to turn it into a stand-out or must-see comedy. If you're after a comedy that is funnier and less silly, then you'd be well advised to try out The Break-Up instead. However, fans of Napoleon Dynamite should definitely give this one a go.

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Length: 92 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 11th August 2006

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