[img]http://mywebpages.comcast.net/biffcorp/pictures/misc/filename.jpg" align="right[/img]Overall, it was "eh." I liked Napoleon Dynamite. And I usually like Jack Black's stuff (School of Rock being my favorite of his). But this one's really hard to sum up. I wanted to like it... yet I don't really hate it. It's so in the middle it hurts.<br><br>You've got Jack Black as a dimwitted priest (in a similar situation to that of Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja). He dreams of becoming a professional wrestler to gain fame and fortune, only to later use his earnings to help the orphan boys of the mission in which he serves as cook. He moonlights in tagteam wrestling matches with a skinny, homeless man that is so ugly it's funny. <br><br>The first 3/4 of the movie contains much of the awkward, dead-pan delivery that Napoleon Dynamite did. There are oddball extras, lots of uncomfortable silence and polyester clothing that director Jared Hess seems to think is instant comedy. And it was... in Napoleon Dynamite. There, it seemed so unique and corny/cutesy. Here, it comes across as forced and unnatural. Also, there is some standard Jack Black schtick in here, especially when he sings in his Jack Black way (with the doo-doo-dee-loo noises he makes when improvising lyrics).<br><br>The shining moment of this flick comes as the final bout between Nacho and wrestling champ Ramses. The wrestling here is funny and Jack Black's crazy antics and retarded prancing finally pay off. Of course, there's no awkward silence or Pedro-like dialog to ruin a good smackdown here. <br><br>The funniest bits you've already seen, as the punchlines to just about every gag were in the trailers. Only a few jokes were left unspoiled, and even those weren't that great. What really makes the story funny is Jack Black's portrayal of an oddly shaped man (almost midget-like in proportions) that takes himself so seriously as a buff athelete. However, the sound department decided to add fart noises at totally inappropriate times (any time is inappropriate for a movie not about toilet humor) and killed a lot of the fun. To me, the farts felt like an afterthought for a cheap laugh.<br><br>Look for Peter Stormare (Fargo, Big Lebowski) in a totally unfunny and miscast role. Luckily, he's only on screen for about 20 seconds. The leading lady.... oh sweet mercy is she divine! She's like a hot Penelope Cruz. Yum yum in my tum toom.<br><br>Right down the middle: 2 stars out of 4. Wait to rent it on DVD. And the oddball soundtrack is definitely worth an illegal download on the newsgroups.<br><br>
Thanks for the review - that was the only movie I thought was worth watching this go around , maybe I will wait for the DVD. Plus I did have in the back of my head that Nacho could be a sleeper / bomber kind of deal.<br><br>I missed the Ferrets birthday last weekend so I was thinking taking her to the movies - Hedge Hog - Cars or Nacho<br><br>
Yeah that one LOL<br>For some reason the Ferret wants to see Nacho , go figure ?<br>I did offer her $3.50 - 3.99 or 5 bucks , she took the 3.50 - I was disappointed.<br>I then said how about we arm wrestle a Armadillo instead , at least she knew what animal that was <br><br>
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