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.”