Rudo y Cursi

Rudo y Cursi

DVD - 2009 | Spanish
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From the rural banana plantation where they play soccer for the village team to the big city stadiums, two brothers have become rivals and battle each other on opposing sides. When a talent scout gets stranded in their tiny town, brothers Beto and Tato are discovered. They are whisked away to Mexico City to play for the big leagues where they quickly achieve fame. Beto is nicknamed 'Rudo' for his hotheaded goalkeeper style and Tato is called 'Cursi' for his peculiar scoring technique. Success leads to excess. Rudo descends into a quagmire of gambling debt and drug abuse. Cursi is distracted by beautiful women and a second career as a pop singer. Having come so far, will the siblings remember their original goal to build a home for their mother?


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Mar 26, 2015

It's hard to watch the poverty and self-destruction in this movie (for me, at least), but there are plenty of funny moments as well and Spanish-speakers will undoubtedly enjoy the local humour.

Mar 08, 2014

Trivial movie? This is a great piece of story telling by the director of GRAVITY.
Watch it and see the genius.

Apr 12, 2012

This movie is made by Mexicans for Mexicans. This movie uses the humour and double sense "albur" that only the naturals from that country can understand.
This is, without being in the category of outstanding, a really good movie, it delivers what it promises.
Watch it if you are a mexican or watch it if you're not but have a good knowledge of mexican culture.
This is not a soccer movie! This a tale of society and how it treats people when a little fame and money is earned and how those people react back.
Gael and Diego did a good, good job, I love how they mastered the accent of that side of Mexico. I love the quirky video portraying yet another side of the culture.
2 thumbs up

FernanditoJr Jan 28, 2012

The director's commentary was hilarious.

jlazcan Oct 24, 2011

This movie is hilarious, but you may have to understand Spanish culture, specifically Mexican culture to enjoy the humor. It follows two brothers as they move to Mexico City from the sticks to play soccer. Their careers flourish and their idiosyncrasies come out in full force. If you like soccer and enjoy Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal then you will probably like this movie. If you are a gringo you will probably scratch your head at this movie as some of the humor is lost in translation.

Aug 17, 2011

This movie has a lot of Mexican humor. Very funny. It is a story based in the sport that more like in Mexico. A movie made to hang out.

Dec 28, 2010

It was great to see Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal together again. The movie was filled with laughs especially the seen where both brothers are amazed over Top Ramen.

Oct 23, 2009

Vague dramedy about two brothers who rise from their life as impoverished rubes on a banana plantation to become soccer stars on opposing teams. Nowhere near the quality of “Y Tu Mamá También” in which both leading actors starred previously. The few feeble laughs the film delivers are far & few between, mostly satirizing modern Mexico’s narcotics-infested society. And its biting title & effective 5-minute ending seem entirely out of whack with the whole, which is generally spoiled by a lack of definition, crude production values, & tedious clichés galore.

Oct 23, 2009

(PRELUDE: Who buys insignificant films like this for OPL - and why? If it's to appease Hispanic speaking patrons - you're not doing them any favours... there are far better Hispanic & Castilian sub-titled features for viewing that are not in OPL's catalogue - than this trivial piece of nonsense. But you have to have a love of film - and not show it the kind of indifference demonstrated by this sort of purchase.)
Didn't like it. I don't know... maybe it's a cultural shortcoming in me... but, man, I really don't get what some critics liked about this movie. I mean - if you're a soccer fan - this is NOT a soccer movie! The scenes depicting the world's most popular sport as captured here, do not resemble anything remotely close to good football. It's supposed to be pro-league ball in Mexico City. Instead, it's like watching some tyke-level house league game here in town. No wonder Mexico has never medaled in the Olympics - not even in 1968 when the Games were held in Mexico City!
And if you like comedy - light, dark, raucous, romantic, dramedy, or slapstick - this doesn't cut it on any of those levels either. This isn't a funny movie! It falls flat, even when it tries to be ironic.
So what does RUDO Y CURSI have that made so many critics sing its praises? It has Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna of Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001) fame, and I guess everyone figured that the same magic of that Indie hit would transfer itself onto this pointless movie through, what - osmosis?
But these guys were young bucks in 2001. In this 2009 flick they are like what one astute critic described as a "chunked-up Mexican version of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson". Not funny... and their juvenile high-jinx masquerades as acting!
Even the good-guy-bad-guy scenes were so cliche that the plot and outcomes became totally predictable in the end.
So, I've got to pass on this allegorical mis-step because I think it's a cinematic mistake. Good movies are polished and shine no matter what language they come in. Bad movies are awkwardly amateurish and pale in the wake of excellence and should be avoided. If I had it to do all over again - I'd pass on this little stinker!


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