Rudo y Cursi
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Beto and Tato are a pair of rivaling, dim-witted brothers who work on a dusty banana ranch and play soccer for their local team. Beto, a goalie whose hot temper on the field earns him the nickname of Rudo, dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, while Tato wants to be a famous singer. They both share the dream of building a big house for their mother, Elvira, but all of their desires seem completely out of reach, that is, until a talent scout, Batuta, discovers their skill on the field. To Beto's chagrin, it is Tato, whose curlicue field play earns him the nickname of Cursi, who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"He's helped by charismatic, pleasingly ambivalent performances by all involved, and while a later penalty sequence is needlessly prolonged, it doesn't diminish the film's cumulative effect. Serious fun."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[Has] a mess of cultural issues to reckon with, and Rudo y Cursi deals with them while offering an engaging rags-to-riches sports fantasy."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A sharp social satire of contemporary Mexico, held together by the slapstick glue of García and Luna's country-boy antics."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A fun yet enlightening film that's part Mexican and all human."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Apparently it's a hit in Mexico, which shows a remarkably generous sense of humour, given that Cuaron leaves no one standing. It's a funny movie but quite brutal."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Rudo y Cursi never quite figures out what it wants to be. Is it a sports comedy? A tale of sibling rivalry? A look at Mexico's gritty underbelly, set against a soccer backdrop?"
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Bernal and Luna have great sibling comic chemistry."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Beneath its gritty visual realism -- which feels more suited to a full-on drama -- it's a delightful shrug of a movie."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A cheeky viewing experience."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A film that can't quite choose between the light and dark possibilities it conjures."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Carlos Cuaron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Y Tu Mama También, makes his directorial debut with this easygoing sports movie/family drama/musical comedy/crime story."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As we follow their adventures, it's impossible to ignore how poorly women come off in this story, alternatively as nags, cheats, liars and cloying opportunists."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"All you can see are a pair of aging jocks laboring for condescending yuks"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A comically relevant fairy tale about the excessive trappings of celebrity and the dangers of achieving one's goals."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"First time director Carlos Cuaron successfully mixes touching comedy with biting social realism."
‑ Brian Duff, FILMINK (Australia)
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