Nacho Libre

Theatrical Release: June 16, 2006
DVD Release: October 24, 2006
Nacho Libre


Nacho (Jack Black) is a man without skills. After growing up in a Mexican monastery, he is now a grown man and the monastery’s cook, but doesn’t seem to fit in. Nacho cares deeply for the orphans he feeds, but his food is terrible – mostly, if you ask him, a result of his terrible ingredients. He realizes he must hatch a plan to make money to buy better food for “the young orphans, who have nothing” (…and if in doing so Nacho can impress the lovely Sister Encarnación, that would be a big plus).

When Nacho is struck by the idea to earn money as a Lucha Libre wrestler, he finds that he has a natural, raw talent for wrestling. As he teams with his rail-thin, unconventional partner, Esqueleto (the Skeleton), Nacho feels for the first time in his life that he has something to fight for and a place where he belongs.

As Lucha is strictly forbidden by the church elders at the monastery, Nacho is forced to lead a double life. Disguised by a sky blue mask, Nacho conceals his true identity as he takes on Mexico’s most famous wrestlers and takes on a hilarious quest to make life a little sweeter at the orphanage.

Dove Review

This film contains an abundance of typical Jack Black crude humor and sexual innuendo. Although the underlying storyline possesses potential it doesn’t manifest itself clearly enough to be awarded the Dove Seal; unfortunately, all the good this film has to offer is eclipsed by over-the-top wrestling scenes that go beyond mere slapstick comedy. Several attempts at politically incorrect humor fall flat and at times the audience response was uncomfortably silent.

Content Description

Sex: Several suggestive comments, woman tries to seduce/rape man.
Language: Impressively, none
Violence: Man falls off motorcycle, man thrown by charging bull, several punches thrown, wrestling (no rules – kicking, hitting, punching, use of weapons prominent), scenes increase in violence as movie progresses, man beaten with leather belts, corn cob thrown piercing man’s eye socket and lodging in skull, woman hit with car door, man fully engulfed in flames.
Drugs: Occasional drinking shown at parties.
Nudity: Suggestive clothing on women, man’s bare buttocks.
Occult: None


Company: Paramount
Writer: Jared Hess
Director: Jared Hess
Producer: Jack Black
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Héctor Jiménez
Reviewer: Sarah Strong