RUDO Y CURSI
Release Date: May 08, 2009
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Carlos Cuaron
Executive Producer: N/A
Writer: Carlos Cuaron
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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Rudo aka Beto is an aggressive player with a gambling and drug problem. Cursi aka Tato wants to be a singer, and his sports fame allows him to record one song. Discovered by a sports talent scout, the boys are moved to Mexico City and begin to play on two different pro soccer teams. Each brother gets a chance to ride fame and fortune in different ways. Rudo spends all his money on gambling but is able to bring his wife and children to live with him. Cursi uses his fame and money to attract a TV personality girlfriend. They each dream of building their mother a mansion.
As the story unfolds, the romantic relationship of Cursi and the gambling problem of Rudo conspire to bring about the final game where the boys play against each other for the first time, with each one having much at stake in winning.
RUDO Y CURSI is very humorous, and the characters are well drawn, conflicted, and ultimately comic. The script has many surprises, and the outcome is far from what’s expected. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as Cursi and Rudo respectively give hilarious performances as two brothers who compete but ultimately love one another.
The movie has many Catholic, Christian references. The team recites the Lord’s Prayer before the big game. Characters cross themselves. There are images of crosses, crucifixes, pictures of Jesus as well as a “hologram Jesus” portrait that is played for laughs. There is reference to the brothers being like Cain and Abel from the Bible. The message of the story is that the brothers care for one another despite much conflict and setbacks.
The movie contains much negative content, however. There is abundant foul language and strong sexual content, especially in the sports locker room. The “hazing” of new players involves implied oral sex. There is brief sexual nudity, a scene of depicted sex, and the finale hinges upon whether or not one of the brothers will cheat.
While the movie is humorous and touching, it does warrant much caution and discernment.
RUDO Y CURSI is very humorous and the characters are well drawn, conflicted, and ultimately comedic. The movie has overt Christian, Catholic references, but it contains much negative content. There is abundant foul language and strong sexual content, especially in the sports locker room. There is also brief nudity, a scene of depicted sex, and the finale hinges upon whether or not Rudo will cheat. While the movie is humorous and touching, it merits much caution and discernment.