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Movie Reviews
by Jonathan McKee

Nacho Libre (10/24/2006)


Rated PG for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue.

Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite)

Starring Jack Black and a bunch of other people you’ve never seen


Jonathan's Rating: Rental

Nacho Libre was bizarrely funny… but it’s no Napoleon Dynamite.

The film is written and directed by Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess. If you didn’t like Napoleon Dynamite, you definitely won’t like this. Because where Napoleon Dynamite was weird, Nacho Libre only gets weirder.

You make the call—here’s the film’s synopsis: Berated all his life by those around him, a Friar (Black) follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a wrestler.

Sure, Jack Black was funny. But if you try to explain why he’s funny to a friend… you’ll be at a loss for words, or sound like an idiot. I’ll try. “It’s funny to watch a chubby guy run around in tight pants????” Yeah… I think I sway toward “sounding like an idiot.”

Regardless of its mindlessness, my kids loved it. They watched it twice before mailing it back to Netflix.


SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
Sure. Young kids won’t get it, but it’s as acceptable as Finding Nemo.


Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?


  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?


  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?




Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.



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