On the Big Board
|I laughed exactly one and a half times.
|I loathed this movie with the fire of 1,000 suns.
In the '80s, the Blues Brothers went on a mission from God to save the orphanage where they were raised. All sorts of shenanigans ensued, and the movie lives on as a comedy classic. Now, Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess will go back to the "save the orphanage" well, albeit in very different fashion.
Jack Black is set to star as a cook who works in the monastery where he was brought up as a child. When it is announced that the orphanage has been marked for closure, Black's character takes it upon himself to find a way to make some money to help. Since the orphanage/monastery is in Mexico, it's only natural that he would become luchador Nacho Libre - a masked wrestler who takes matches for cash.
Given the quirky sensibilities of both the director and the star, Nacho Libre is poised to be one of the more original wide release titles on the schedule for 2006. Black's popularity is always tenuous - he walks that line where his zaniness is used to charming effect, as in School of Rock and Shallow Hal, but there are plenty of folks who find him nothing more than annoying. As long as Nacho Libre can tap into the sweet/wacky Jack Black, the film has a really great shot at being a success. (Kim Hollis/BOP)