Nacho Libre is the love child of Jack Black and Napoleon Dynamite. It is just as ridiculous and just as endearing, and it's been a long time since I laughed so hard that I cried.
Jack Black plays a Hispanic cook at a monastery. He grew up at this monastery as an orphan and has always dreamed of being a professional wrestler, or "Luchador"...oh, and serving better food to the orphan children. In the meantime, he also falls in love with a young nun that serves as a teacher for the orphanage.
While the plot is not especially deep or profound, it has a very sweet quality. For a little while, it almost feels like the story of someone closely related to Pedro. But Jack Black does a pretty decent job, even though he switches back and forth between a character and himself. This is definitely his vehicle.
I have to give a mention to Jack Black's co-star, Hector Jimenez, for his part of Esqueleto. He was delightfully funny and a great skinny contrast to Jack Black. The child actors were also enjoyable, particularly their expressions.
In all honesty, I laughed the hardest at the end of this movie. Right before Nacho fights his final fight he sings a song that is absolutely hysterical. And I can't even tell you what he does during the fight, but the previews don't do it justice...speaking of which, stop watching trailers all together. They just ruin movies these days! (I guess I'm one to talk) J
While it did seem a little slow at parts, this movie really finished with some truly memorable and funny scenes. I'm guessing if it's anything like Napoleon Dynamite it will be even funnier at the second viewing. I give it 4 out of 5.