RUDO Y CURSI

Content:

(BB, CC, PaPa, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, NN, A, DD, MM) Strong moral worldview of sibling rivalry and love mixed with strong Catholic, Christian images and references (including the Lord’s Prayer and other references to Jesus) as well as strong pagan content and minor homosexual elements; 143 obscenities and one profanity, sexual slurs; man shot point blank; depicted sexual scene, implied sexual scene, reference to “hazing” involving homosexual practices; rear male nudity, upper male nudity, upper female nudity, and woman in skimpy clothes; use of alcohol; smoking and cocaine addiction; and, cheating, lying, gambling, and organized crime proves beneficial to characters.

Summary:

RUDO Y CURSI is a Mexican movie about two Catholic brothers who go from poverty to becoming famous soccer players. This comical, touching story is marred by abundant foul language, sexual scenes and other negative content.

Review:

RUDO Y CURSI is a Mexican movie about two Catholic brothers who go from poverty to becoming world famous soccer players.
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.

In Brief:

RUDO Y CURSI is a Mexican movie about two Catholic brothers who go from poverty to becoming famous soccer players. Rudo is an aggressive player with a gambling and drug problem. Cursi wants to be a singer, and his sports fame allows him to record one song. Discovered by a talent scout, the boys play on two different pro teams. Rudo spends his money on gambling. Cursi uses his money to attract a TV personality girlfriend. 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 a stake in winning. 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.