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Rudo Y Cursi (DVD Review)

19 Aug, 2009 By: Angelique Flores


Street 8/25/09
Sony Pictures
Box Office $1.8 million
$28.96 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Stars Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal.

Mexican actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna reunite for the first time since Y Tu Mamá También in this comedic drama.

García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel) and Luna (Milk, The Terminal) play brothers — Tato and Beto, respectively — who play soccer for fun in their rural Mexican town. When a soccer scout is stranded there, he discovers the talent in the pair and takes them to Mexico City to play professional soccer.

Beto, nicknamed Rudo (“tough”) for his rough and hot-headed goalkeeping, continues to struggle with his gambling problem in Mexico City. Tato, nicknamed Cursi (“corny”) for his eccentric style on the field, makes no secret he’d rather pursue a career as a singer. Tato eventually records a Spanish cover of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me” with his accordion.

The extras on the DVD are just as funny and entertaining as the film itself.

The commentary (in Spanish with optional English subtitles) features director-screenwriter Carlos
Cuarón, García Bernal and Luna, the latter two in character, as if they are watching a movie about their lives. The actors crack jokes, make fun of the movie, fight like brothers, offer fake behind-the-scenes stories, and even have some smart social commentary presented in a facetious manner.

The making-of featurette has interviews with the famous Three Amigos: Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose Cha Cha Cha Productions was the studio behind the film.

Other bonus material includes three music videos: “I Want You to Want Me” as sung by Bernal in the film, a karaoke version of the song, and a video of the song “Rudo Y Cursi” by popular Mexican singer-songwriter Juana Molina.

The DVD also contains deleted scenes, which rightfully ended up on the cutting room floor, and a featurette “Turn Off Your Cell Phone!” with Tato and Beto talking on the phone in a theater, which probably played in theaters prior to the film.

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