A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.")
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking at a party.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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