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He does it for the kids ... and for the glory

June 20, 2006|by SEAN CLARK

If you know anyone eating eagle eggs, be forewarned: They may soon be flying through the air as a masked, half-naked wrestler.

Nacho (Jack Black) cooks meals for orphans at a small-town Mexican monastery. But his food budget is squat. Then he sees a Lucha Libre wrestler - a Mexican professional wrestler - in the streets, which inspires him and his buddy Esqueleto (Hctor Jimnez) to don masks and capes as a way to earn money for grocery shopping.

Nacho also hopes improving the children's diet will win the heart of a nun, Sister Encarnacin (Ana de la Reguera).

Directed by Jared Hess, the co-creator of "Napoleon Dynamite," "Nacho Libre" definitely has a familiar feel. It seems a bit funny at first, and then becomes more and more hilarious as you encounter Nacho's bad gas or Esqueleto's conclusion that Nacho's losing streak is a result of fatness rather than lack of piety. As with "Napolean Dynamite," you probably won't get it until you see the movie.

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The funny part is how optimistic and earnest Nacho is, despite his hard-luck life. I gave Nacho a 7 out of 10 for his performance. Once again, you've gotta see it to realize how funny this movie can be. Rated PG for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue.

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