Rudo y Cursi
(Mexico/USA, 2008, 99 minutes)
Two brothers from rural Mexico become soccer stars over the course of one season. Rags-to-riches comedy that runs through by-numbers scripting with energy, zip and lively performances from the leads; ultimately, though, it's not enough to distance it from the pack.
A Cha Cha Chá Films presentation/production, in association with Focus Features International and Universal Pictures International. Starring Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Guillermo Francella, Adriana Paz, Jessica Mas; with the special participation of Dolores Heredia. Directed and written by Carlos Cuarón; produced by Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Frida Torresblanco; music by Felipe Pérez Santiago; director of photography (Deluxe), Adam Kimmel; production designer, Eugenio Caballero; costume designers, Annai Ramos, Ana Terrazas; film editor, Alex Rodríguez.