Nacho Libre

  • Directors: Jared Hess
  • Producers: Jack Black, David Klawans, Julia Pistor, Mike White, Ricardo Del Rio
  • Writers: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike White
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Sport
  • Actors: Jack Black

Ignacio (Jack Black) is an overweight luchador with a tag-team partner. His mother was a Lutheran missionary from Scandinavia and his father was a deacon from Mexico. They tried to convert each other but instead got married, then died while Ignacio was young. Having grown up as an orphan in a Mexican monastery, he is now a grown man and the monastery’s cook, but he is looked down upon by the other friars. All his life, Ignacio has dreamed of becoming a luchador (lucha libre performer); but because wrestling was forbidden by the monastery, his dream remains unfulfilled. Ignacio cares deeply for the orphans, having grown up in the orphanage himself, but his food is terrible due to a lack of funds with which to obtain quality ingredients.

After being robbed in an alley of the orphans’ tortilla chips, he decides that he must hatch a plan to make money to buy better food. During the same few days, he reveals that he additionally desires to be respected and admired, as the luchadores are; that he is particularly hostile to one friar, who behaves in a sanctimonious way toward him; and that he harbors loving feelings for the newly arrived tutor, Sister Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera) with whom he finds he has much in common. It is partly to impress Sister Encarnación with the idea that he is a good man that Ignacio calculates his later actions.

Ignacio uses the prize money to buy a bus for field trips for the children. The film closes on one such trip, wherein Ignacio, Steven, and Sister Encarnación take the children to see an ancient city, Monte Albán, built by the Zapotec civilization. Ignacio, by now, has earned Encarnación’s favor, as demonstrated by her signs of encouragement and his somewhat awkward acknowledgment thereof.

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