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June 18, 2007

Nacho Libre - 3

About halfway through this film I thought this seemed like an awkward joining together of Tenacious D and Napoleon Dynamite. The Tenacious D reference was easy because it was Jack Black trying to make it as a wrestling star rather than a rock star...but I only found out later that this film was directed by Jared Hess- who also did Napoleon Dynamite. Black plays Nacho, a priest at a Mexican orphanage who is charitably given the tasks of cooking- since he pretty much acts like one of the orphans. When his food supply is stolen, he decides to team up and become a wrestler (of the WWE variety) in order to make money and to hit on Sister EncarnaciĆ³n (Ana de la Reguera). The film is long and drawn out with a few laughs, but mostly with Jack Black in tights. He eventually wins the big fight, donates the money to the orphanage, and gains the respect the orphans (the film stays away from letting the love interest happen as that might offend Catholic sensibilities and the vow of celibacy).

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