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Nacho Libre


Berated all his life by those around him, a Friar (Black) follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a "Luchador" (wrestler).

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

A sweet, offbeat movie about caring for others.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know this movie contains a lot of comic action including some training sessions where Ignacio gets splattered by food and attacked by bees -- and some violence in the wrestling ring (body slams, flying leaps, one character gets a corn cob in the eyesocket). Basically, the stuff 11-year-old boys everywhere will love with nothing to alarm the parents. Some of Nacho's opponents are quirky characters, including some feral dwarf wrestlers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the importance of helping others. Do you have particular gifts (i.e. music, art, ability to talk with others) that could be used to help others? Is it ok for Ignacio to become a masked wrestler, even though the church elders frown on it? Are his motives helping the orphans a good enough reason to become a masked wrestler? And how does the Lucha Libre wrestling bring the Mexican community together?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A spongy guy in a clingy suit who has a spongy hairdo is funny, to a point, and kudos to Black for the self-deprecation. Kudos as well for his athleticism and balletic grace as he leaps around the ring. Unfortunately, they can't support a movie.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 16, 2006

Rotten: Nacho Libre merely provides some momentary pleasant diversions.

- Brandon Fibbs,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Brian Marder,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

this movie is hilarious. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

A sweet and subtle comedy that is nearly perfect apart from some annoying Jack Blackisms.

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

4 stars

off beat comedies are never given enough credit for what they achieve. jack black's vivacious and childlike spirit helps this film to be as good as it is.

- TomBowler, Sunday, August 2, 2009