The Short Version? Hick half-brothers struggle through sudden soccer fame.
What Is It? Mexican Sports Comedy.
Who Is In It? Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna.
Should I See It? Maybe.
A dirt poor Mexican family is filled with half-siblings who don't share a father. Beto (Luna) is a low level supervisor at a banana plant. Tato (Bernal)is his younger brother and underling. Both kick a football in their spare time, and have a talent for it discovered by roaming scout Batuta (Guillermo Francella.) The hicks find themselves on competing major league soccer teams, with nicknames alluding to the toughness of Tato/Rudo and the corniness of Cursi/Beto. Both end up proving you can take the boy out of the farm, but not the farm out of the boy, and the inevitability of their delusions shattering lends a bitter fatalism to the otherwise fairly broad comedy.
Bernal and Luna, childhood friends who broke in the States with the erotic drama Y Tu Mamá También translate their natural chemistry well in this amiable little piece. However, the set-up and most of the beats are right out of the generic comedy playbook. While slightly darker and more pointed than the average mainstream domestic fare, it's only just so, and I can see a fairly simple Hollywood rewrite if it came to that. It's an enjoyable diversion, and should have probably been cut to a more general audience friendly PG-rating. There's lot of small chuckles, but the best gag is the music video by tone-deaf Cursi, available free online.
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