A Franciscan monk relegated to cooking duties in a Mexican orphanage harbours a secret fantasy of becoming a Luchador. In order to afford fresh ingredients for a better lunch for the orphans, Nacho secretly begins wrestling for money in the local gymnasio. But the monestary forbids wrestling and Nacho must deal with the consequences of his secret life.
Jack Black should have won an Oscar for his portrayal of a dissatisfied monk with a passion for wrestling and helping orphans. I was at a resort in the Mayan Riviera once and an excursion guide said “it is our wuay” exactly how Jack Black said it in this film. That’s when I came to realize how good his performance was here.
The setting in this film is very colourful and beautiful. Jared Hess sure likes to use run down and antiquated buildings and towns in his movies. Probably because his movies always involve the poor or underprivileged. His films are also always shot in the suburbs or the country and there are mostly outdoor scenes so there is a lot of nature and natural beauty. Most of the actors are unattractive, or, at least, not attractive at best–Jack Black running down a dirt road in stretchy pants with his manhood flopping about is certainly humorous but not particularly sexy–and this helps to highlight the beauty of the scenes.
This is a very funny film. The music is great–including the Jack Black singing scenes–which, if you are a Jack Black fan, you come to expect in all his movies. If you like Jared Hess films, you’ll love this one.
You need to add this one to your dvd collection.
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