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Rudo & Cursi Review

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Tato and beto are Mexican brothers who love football and end up playing as star striker and goalkeeper of rival football teams in Mexico City.

★★★★★

Reunited for the first time in eight years, superstar buddies Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna clearly revel in playing bickering half-brothers who are plucked from banana-plantation obscurity to star as striker and goalkeeper for rival Mexico City football teams. The dialogue crackles and the narrative rattles along.

But this is rarely anything more than an entertaining romp, going for belly laughs rather than satirical incisiveness. A huge domestic hit, it’s slick and fun but lacks depth, and marks an underwhelming debut for Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Cha Cha Cha production outfit.

Definitely played for laughs, this avoid the deeper side of sibling rivalry in favour of comedic set pieces.

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