From now on, whenever I eat nachos, I'll think of Jack Black in tights. And that's really disturbing.
Perhaps that was part of the strategy for making the new comedy Nacho Libre an enduring phenomenon. Hey, it worked for director Jared Hess before. Who eats tater tots anymore without quoting Napoleon Dynamite?
In Nacho Libre, Jack Black plays Nacho, a young man raised in a Mexican monastery in Oaxaca, who moves on from his job as a cook to try and save the monastery from financial disaster. His method for raising the funds? He'll compete in the local Lucha Libre tournament, wrestling for prize money. Along the way, he'll try to help the beautiful nun who wins his heart (Ana de la Reguera), and the orphans living at the monastery.
Everyone's asking: Has Hess recaptured the quirkiness and fun that made Napoleon Dynamite such a hit?
According to Christian film critics: Close, but not quite.
"Did you like Napoleon Dynamite? Do you typically like Jack Black?"
Todd Hertz (Christianity Today Movies) begins his Nacho Libre review with those two questions, saying that if you answer "no" to either, well, the movie isn't for you. "But if you appreciate the random quirkiness of Napoleon and the zany, melodramatic and overacted comedy of Black," he says, "welcome to a comedic goldmine. … [T]his goofy comedy is much more like that Idaho-based surprise hit in tone and feel than the commercials let on. And while the irreverent wrestling comedy is laugh-out-loud funny and humorously surprising several times, it could have used more of Napoleon's simple likeability and School of Rock's heart."
Christa Banister (Crosswalk) admits that she was skeptical, but she comes out of the movie cheering. "Nacho Libre is surprisingly clean family entertainment ...1
Already a CT subscriber? Log in for full digital access.
Subscribe to Christianity Today and get access to this article plus 65+ years of archives.
- Home delivery of CT magazine
- Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com
- Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives
- Learn more