Directed by Carlos Cuarón
Two brothers become soccer sensations in Mexico City.
Between drug-gang violence and swine flu, Mexico has had a rough time of late, said Robert Abele in the Los Angeles Times. But some good news arrives from south of the border in the form of Rudo y Cursi, a “puckishly entertaining” film about two half-brothers, plucked from life on the farm, who become soccer stars. The film reunites three alumni of the now-classic Y Tu Mamá También: co-stars Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal and writer Carlos Cuarón, who makes his directorial debut here. The reunion of these three amigos proves “a happy occasion for all concerned”—including the audience, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. Rudo y Cursi translates to “Tough and Corny,” which is a fair, if facetious, summation of the brothers’ contrasting personalities. Cuarón’s confident, almost effortless directorial hand creates a “comedy of substance that feels as casual as a pickup game.” Though not “as deep as Y Tu Mamá También,” the story pulses with life, said David Ansen in Newsweek. The film is easily “one of the year’s most memorable offerings.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The real reason conservatives should be outraged that police killed a white youth
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Even critics of the euro didn't see this coming
- 8 ways you're probably overspending without even realizing it
- Why the West should accept ISIS as a sovereign nation
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- The essential techniques that every home cook should know
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
Subscribe to the Week