- 1 hr 32 min
Nacho Libre is a sweet, slightly absurd comedy about a Mexican monk who secretly becomes a luchador (professional wrestler) to win the affection of a beautiful nun and to earn money for the orphanage where he lives and works. Starring Jack Black as Ignacio, and directed by Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame, the film is shot mostly in Mexico and features a primarily Mexican cast. The story follows the life of Ignacio, the son of a Lutheran missionary and a Catholic deacon who tried to convert each other but ended up getting married instead. After their untimely deaths, Ignacio was left in the care of a local monastery, where he was raised and then chose to stay on as an adult. Ignacio is the cook for the monastery and its orphanage, but finds himself frustrated at not being able to provide good meals for want of funds. He is also mistreated by the head monk, and suffers other indignities from the townspeople. All this begins to change when a beautiful nun, Sister Incarnacion (played by Ana de la Reguera) arrives as a schoolteacher for the children. Inspired by her beauty and goodness, Ignacio resolves to follow his dream of becoming a luchador to win more resources for the orphanage. But he must do this in secret, as wrestling is strictly prohibited by the monastery.