Nacho Libre

Movie review by
Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
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Offbeat movie has lots of potty humor, comic action.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 100 minutes
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 36 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Lots of potty humor -- butt jokes, including passing gas, butt-cracks, sphincter-flexing, diarrhea, and feces; also, references to stealing, and even though Ignacio is helping the orphans, he goes against the church elders to become a wrestler.

Positive role models & representations

While essentially a parody character, Nacho's motives for wrestling are rooted in altruism in the sense that he wants to help the kids in the orphanage to have a better life. 

Violence

A street fight and lots of action in the wrestling ring, including flying leaps, body slams, and "the Anaconda Squeeze." Also, some "don't try this at home" stunts involving rocks, arrows, bees, fruit, and a bull. No blood. A character is stabbed in the eye. Comedic pratfall style violence: crotch punches, wedgies, punch-outs, and fall-downs. 

Sex

Mild innuendo between Ignacio and Sister Encarnacion ("I was wondering if you would like to join me in my quarters this night…for some toast.")

Language

The Mexican accent is played for laughs, i.e. "puppies" is pronounced "poopies." "Douche" is used in a profane context. "Sucks." Song in which "ass" is the implied rhyme to a lyric. 

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Wine drinking at a party. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nacho Libre is a 2006 movie in which Jack Black plays a Mexican monk who decides to become a Luchador in part to follow his dreams but also to try and help the children in the orphanage where he works. This movie contains a lot of comic action -- including some training sessions where Ignacio gets splattered by food and attacked by bees -- and some violence in the wrestling ring (body slams, flying leaps, one character gets a corn cob in the eyesocket). There's frequent and unrelenting comedic pratfall style violence -- wedgies, kicks, and punches to the crotch -- as well as gross-out humor involving mucous, feces, flatulence. Basically, the stuff 11-year-old boys everywhere will love with nothing to alarm the parents. Some of Nacho's opponents are quirky characters, including some feral dwarf wrestlers. Black's Mexican accent might seem like cultural stereotyping to some. 

User Reviews

Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written bydsloanak March 7, 2009

No way would I let my children watch this.

I personally thought the movie was extremely weird. I think there are way to many sexual comments made to allow a child to watch this movie. I would not recomme...
Parent Written byralucaploog July 22, 2015

Get that review out of my face!

My 3 boys are all under 10, and they've watched this movie over a dozen times. I don't get the negative reviews, since it's a funny movie. It...
Teen, 17 years old Written byTrinity3 March 21, 2009

Really funny!

This movie is hilarious and has a good message about caring for others and using God to help you thru lifes little speedbumps. A great family movie!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

WORST MOVIE EVER! SHIELD YOUR EYES!

What's the story?

Ignacio (Jack Black) is a cook at the Mexican monastery where he was raised. But he just doesn't fit in. He cares deeply for the orphans he feeds, but the food is terrible. He decides to make money to buy better food for the kids, and while he's at it, impress the lovely Sister Encarnacion (Ana de la Reguera). When he discovers he has a natural talent for wrestling, he becomes "Nacho Libre," a masked wrestler who takes matches for cash. His training partner, Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez) puts him through his paces, but not without inflicting bodily harm during training sessions. A major flaw in Nacho's plan is that wrestling is strictly forbidden by the church elders at the monastery. So he's forced to lead a double life, concealing his true identity with a sky blue mask and painfully tight wrestling garb. For the first time in his life, Ignacio fits in and has something to fight for. He tries explaining this to Sister Encarnacion, but she tells him, "Wrestling is a sin. When you fight for someone who needs your help, only then will God bless you."

Is it any good?

NACHO LIBRE is quirky and silly, with some of the best writing and characters around. Given the offbeat nature of director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), the star (School of Rock), and the writer (Mike White, who wrote The Good Girl and School of Rock), this movie is destined to go down as a cult classic, with lines you'll be quoting for years. Jack Black (who also produced the movie) is surprisingly agile in the ring, and Hector Jimenez is a scene stealer.

Even if you don't "get" this type of goofy humor, Nacho Libre is still a sweet movie with a good message about caring for others -- even if Jack Black in tight pants is an image you'd just as soon forget.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about goofy movies. Who is the intended audience? How can you tell?

  • How is Mexican culture conveyed in this movie? Do you think it's an accurate representation of Mexican culture, or is even intended to be? 

  • This movie frequently finds humor in pratfalls. Why do you think there's a timeless appeal for some in seeing characters hurt themselves or others in absurd ways? 

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