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Rudo & Cursi (2008)
Two brothers living a hard life of manual labor in rural Mexico have a simple dream: saving enough money to build their mother her dream house. But fate has other plans. A friendly game of soccer leads to first Rudo, then to Cursi being taken on by the nation’s top talent scout. Suddenly, they find themselves living the high life of star athletes: fame, fortune, fast cars and beautiful women.
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Also starring Gael García Bernal
Also starring Diego Luna
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lost in translation---Tato (Gael Garcia) is a striker and Beto (Diego Luna) is the goalkeeper of a small Mexican town football club. They're half-brothers working at a banana plantation. Their extended family scratches out a living until a soccer scout spots their play. There is one spot on a premier club and the brothers decide to choose by penalty kick. The brothers eventually get on rival teams gaining success and troubles.For me, this is another piece of evidence that comedy doesn't always translate. It's only the broadest of slapstick that is universal in terms of comedy. Language and cultural differences make it almost country-specific. I see the parts where the movie is trying to be funny. The homoerotic hazing is very broad. However, it doesn't actually get me to laugh.
Had Great Expectations, but This Film Failed to Deliver!---...........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA...and ORLANDO, FL Most Mexican films I've seen in recent years have received a well-deserved 8*! Besides, RUDO boasts a redux of the pairing of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who starred in "Y Tu Mama Tamien". Remember the great portrayals they gave in that film? The superb on-screen chemistry they exhibited? RUDO begins with the title characters as brothers;(Well, 1/2 brothers) working on a banana plantation in rural Mexico. RUDO gets off to a great start, although most of the funnier bits are rooted in the cultural regional oddities demonstrated in the congenial non-stop string of obscenities and insults the two brothers hurl at each other.I don't use subtitles in Spanish, but for those who do, I'd imagine a lot of the humor is lost, because regional cultural quirks are naturally lost in translation! As RUDO progressed, it became increasingly obvious that my expectations weren't going to be met! Like genetically engineered bananas (You know, the ones that take forever to ripen!) RUDO was picked too soon and served up green! The movie is funny and amusing at times, but could've been a lot funnier, if everybody hadn't been so strained, if they all hadn't TRIED so hard for laughs.Also, It's extremely tough to forgive the fact that RUDO's basic premise revolves around two 30ish banana ranch worker brothers, who play local soccer on weekends, suddenly becoming the best PRO-Soccer players in all of Mexico. That's a lot of suspension-of-disbelief! Don't miss Music Video: Special Features...."Las Chicas Mexicanas" try just hard enough! RUDO = 6*(Barely)...ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!?!?!?
Carlos Cuaron Strikes!---Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.This film is marketed as being from the creators of "Y Tu Mama Tambien", which is not only true but very wise marketing. But let us not be fooled, this film is not on the same level, even if it looks just as good and has the same folks involved.Aspects of it are quite good, and the Cheap trick karaoke is fairly amusing. But this rivalry of two soccer players is not very compelling. In "Mama", there was another rivalry between two young men, but that seemed more powerful. This is a situation where we feel no need to care about one or the other.
More Cheesy Than Rude---In his debut as director someone could expect something more from Cuaron especially if we see starring Gael Garcia and Diego Luna this time as two province ingenuous brothers, amateur futbol players who are tempted for a kind of mercenary scout,played by the Argentine actor Guillermo Francella(exceptional in this role)to try their luck at Mexico City in a Professional team,the movie plays with different situations around the futbol business ,some of them very attached with the reality ,for example that the agents of the futbol players make a lot of money and become the futbol in a very expensive show, the agents have to spread some money to trainers and others in order to their player could have the opportunity to play,some of these points I guess Cuaron could be advised by Hector Gonzalez I?arritu, Director of Mexican Futbol Federation and brother of Alejandro Gonzalez one of the producers of the film,about these facts difference others very far of the reality as futbol Players begin their career at their thirty and without experience even in amateur competition Aside these points the movie result very entertaining as the way of Garcia and Luna develop their characters although sometimes Luna overact especially his way to speak, sounds like "Ponchito" the personage of Andres Bustamante famous in TV,besides Gael make funny his perform of singer despite of his awful interpretation, a kind of parody of Valentin Elizalde,unlike others very pretentious characters that he plays in different films,the movie got a very good reward in ticket offices mostly because of its starring couple
Funny comedy about football---A really funny, refreshing and original Mexican movie.It is the story of two adult brothers -nicknamed Rudo and Cursi- banana farmers and aficionado soccer players, who, after being discovered by a soccer manager, join the A league but each of them playing in different teams.I don't like soccer, so I thought that the movie would be a bore, but I was surprised that it did not bore me at all. The story is very well told with great sense of humor and lightness. Even the football scenes were engaging and very entertaining. The many twists and turns of the story, the drama and humor, the national self-deprecation, the passions and hatred of the characters are all presented in a very dynamic, sweet and light way. The movie really flows, has a great atmosphere, great characters and is very enjoyable.
A film worth watching...---I'm a sucker for foreign films and I must say this one is in my top three. Why? Because it's not just a movie about two Mexican brothers playing soccer. Rudo y Cursi is a cinematic tribute to the love-hate relationship between brothers and their individual struggles; one with women and fame and the other with gambling and drug addiction. The plot and the script were both well written. I especially liked Batuta's comments after each "event" in the movie; his metaphors for how life is like the game of soccer. You've got all sorts of layers in this movie involving family, culture, personal perspective, and a great ending that defines the quality of the story. Definitely a film worth watching.
With Zest!---Make no mistake about it, this film does not have any great message but its' sure fun to watch. It's full of zest and sparkle and never a dull moment.There are two brothers – one is married with children and the other single. They both work on a banana plantation and are cajoled into signing up to play soccer in the big leagues in Mexico City. The laughs start almost right away. If you like a film that can laugh at itself and its' society than this may be for you. Everyone and everything gets a good thumping. Also the focus is not on soccer – this is not a sports movie.
My favourite football movie ever!---The first film from the newly formed Cha Cha Cha Productions, consisting of Mexico's finest filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Rudo y Cursi is a hugely enjoyable warm-hearted genre piece which re-teams the writer and stars of Y Tu Mama Tambien, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.Though, admittedly, not my greatest area of interest, there is always something very engaging about the sports movie. This film is a shining example of the genre. It tells the story of two poor country brothers, Tato and Beto. Tato dreams of becoming a pop star and Beto dreams of becoming a goalie. However, when Tato gets picked up, by random happenstance, by a soccer talent scout, Beto is horrified. Tato sees it as an opportunity to become famous and therefore get a record deal. Soon afterwards, Beto is given a shot at being a pro at a different club and they both become soccer sensations. Trials and tribulations ensue and the whole film builds up towards the inevitable climactic game with everything riding on it; brother versus brother.On some level this is an entertaining rags-to-riches story like all the other ones that have come before it. But there is a deeper level of sentiment at work here that allows the audience to engage fully with these characters and love them and hate them as necessary. The tragedy of simple men being seduced and quickly destroyed by fame is examined here, and to great effect due to the nicely rounded characters and undeniable chemistry between the two lead actors.Writer and director Carlos Cuaron (who co-wrote Y Tu Mama Tambien) does a fantastic job here. There is not a superfluous scene in the piece and the dialogue is not only hilarious but also snappy and natural. The screenplay flows along so nicely that by the time the film ends, you wonder where the two hours went and feel sad to be leaving these characters.A major problem with the film, particularly as a genre piece, is its lack of actual football footage. Most of the football is off-screen for some reason, perhaps the actors just aren't very good footballers. This hampers the excitement and the build-up of the third act somewhat. It is a huge pity because with so much invested in the characters, it seems a shame to take the excitement down a peg by not showing the matches. This is however merely a tiny problem in an otherwise splendid film.This is an impossible film to dislike. Devoid of sentimentality yet consistently heart-warming throughout, the lead and supporting characters light up the scenes throughout with subtle quirks and elegant tragedies. As dark as the story can sometimes get, it is never bleak, and always rousing. What more could one want from a summer popcorn movie?
The Trio Cuarón, García Bernal and Luna Reunite - Successfully!---Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna struck fireworks with their 2001 'Y tu mamá también' directed be their close associate Carlos Cuarón. Now once again the three men, along with important input from some of the finest talent in Mexico, join in a low key, warmly humorous, well acted and directed and produced RUDO y CURSI. There has been considerable publicity about the movement to raise the importance of Mexican films to the high standards of International films, largely due to the passion of García Bernal, Luna, Cuarón, Alejandro González I?árritu and Guillermo del Toro. The success of this movement is obvious in this very fine film - a tightly conceived story about the poor families in Mexico who long for the ability to climb the ladder to success in business, fame and comfort, and the Cinderella story recasting brothers played by García Bernal and Luna whose struggle for opportunity leads them into the bumpy relationship with a 'talent scout' (Batuta played with aplomb by the Argentinean actor Guillermo Francella) and to tenuous triumph because of their soccer talent and the inevitable temptations of success in the great Mexico City world. García Bernal is Tato (to be nicknamed 'Cursi' by his teammates), a wannabe singer whose goal is to make it big in the world of entertainment, using Batuta as his means to get there. Luna is his brother Beto (to be nicknamed 'Rudo' - the alternate title of the film is 'ROUGH AND VULGAR' instead of 'RUDO y CURSI'!) who is married but longs to follow his brother into the fame of the Big League soccer. Each lad lands in Mexico City, each takes advantage of his given soccer talent and each succumbs to personal goals - Rudo to gambling and Cursi to women and singing in silly music videos. Batuto is always on the sidelines (and in the voice over narration) to follow each of brother's successes and failures. The manner in which the two brothers compete and come together creates a moving and tender story ending. What makes this little film so special is the genuine qualities and ensemble acting that come from García Bernal and Luna but also form the actors portraying the impoverished but proud family of the two boys and the 'big town characters' they encounter in Mexico City. The film feels real and committed, mixing just the right amount of humor, fantasy, and tenderness - thanks to the excellent script by writer/director Carlos Cuarón. It is a pleasure to watch and a very fine statement about the quality of films coming from Mexico. Grady Harp
Highly Entertaining Rag to Riches Mexican Football Tale---The history of the peasant or working class young man who rises to the top in the world of sports or entertainment only to fall due to betrayal and/or addiction has been told many times before, but this movie from the team of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" feels new and dynamic. Compelling, funny, insightful, fast-paced, philosophical, moving, this tale of two brothers who are able to leave their banana-picker job to become major league football stars in Mexico City is fresh and exciting.With a vibrant cinematography, an unflinching look at the Mexican realities of the marginally-living rural laborer class and the world of professional football with its egos, deals, and fame, we are presented with a large incisive, ironic slice of Mexican life. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as usual disappear into their roles this time as the competing brothers who are not prepared to hit the big time. Poverty, machismo, football fanaticism, gambling, sex, cocaine, family problems, shady people are shown as colorful and obscene as the language used by characters. The scenes are fluid and entertaining; it may be a drama but it is also a fun comedy and totally life-affirming. To top it all, there is a great music video with Garcia Bernal doing Van Halen's "I Want you to Want me" as a ranchera in Spanish. In the end, the movie even at 103 minutes feels perhaps too brief leaving one wishing for more."Rudo y Cursi" reaffirms the talents of director Carlos Cuaron, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna.