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Three Mexican hot shot directors/ producers who made it big in Hollywood, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, formed a triumvirat at the end of the 2000’s. They called it Cha Cha Cha Productions.

First production: Rudo Y Cursi (2008), a comedy.
Subject: Football!!! Director: Alfonso’s brother, Carlos, the screenwriter of their big breakthrough, Y Tu Mamá También (2001). While we’re at it, why not reunite the two stars of that movie? Enter Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.

Two half-brothers, Beto, nicknamed Rudo (rough) and Tato, nicknamed Cursi (corny), both working on a banana plantation, are lured into the world of professional football by a  scout (marvelous Argentinian actor, Guillermo Francella with his falcon eyes) only to discover the few ups and (especially) the downs of the whole deal.

Rudo Y Cursi is a rags to riches comedy with a hint of drama, a few clichés. But it plays well on what seems like recurring themes of South American football films (with some bitterness): dream of  an instant new beginning out of misery, the absence of fathers, the introduction of football as a quasi religion, a way of life at the top. All things that can easily corrupt the individuals.

Rudo Y Cursi, boosts interesting performance in illustrating the love/hate relationship between the two brothers simply because Luna and García Bernal seem to have fun with their reunion and Francella as believable he is as a crook, still manage to add some fun and humanity to a would be despicable character.

 

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