Based very VERY loosely on the life of Rev. Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez aka the luchador Fray Tormento, a wrestling priest, Nacho Libre is comedy directed by Jared Hess that will make you laugh so hard, you will cry.
Ignacio is an orphan who grew to become a friar at a Mexican Catholic orphanage. He loves the children and makes their meals regularly, though the other brothers treat him poorly. A new sister moves in to help teach the children and they form a friendship.
After an incident, Ignacio decides to take matters into his own hands with the help of a local villager named Steven. Together, they enter a amateur ranks of luchadors with Ignacio as the masked Nacho and Steven as the skinny Esqueleto. Even through loosing, Ignacio gets money for the orphans, but soon his pride starts to take over his wrestling.
Jack Black is brilliant as the wrestling friar. This is one of his shining moments. I have seen this film at least a dozen times and I love every minute of it. It is a simple comedy with a small cast, but lovable characters. Check it out the first chance you get.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Wrestling violence and rude humor
- Jack Black as Ignacio/Nacho
- Troy Gentile as young Ignacio
- Ana de la Reguera as Sister Encarnación
- Hector Jimenez as Esqueleto/Steven
- Peter Stormare as Emperor
- Carla Jimenez as Cándida
- Richard Montoya as Guillermo
- César González as Ramses
- Moisés Arias as Juan Pablo
- Donald Chambers as Silencio
- Darius Rose as Chancho
- Diego Eduardo Gomez as Chuy
- Craig Williams as El Snowflake
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