Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rudo y Cursi scores cinematic ‘GOOOAALLL!’

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The title of the Mexican film Rudo y Cursi translates as "Rude and Corny," and derives from the nicknames of two brothers who take their sibling rivalry onto the professional soccer field. For his first feature film, Carlos Cuarón proves himself to be a brash, promising rookie who delivers not so much a sports movie as an anti-sports movie.

Cinema usually holds up athletic success as a pinnacle in human achievement and wrings the maximum pathos from the genre's rags-to-riches stories. Sugar opened last week to offer a more skeptical perspective on American sports' effects on Third World players. Rudo y Cursi's cynical, satirical point of view goes a step further to suggest that Mexico's pro fútbol brings out the worst in everyone. In a scene that typifies Rudo y Cursi's sense of humor, a pair of overly enthusiastic fans threaten a slumping player with violence if he doesn't start scoring. Then they ask for his autograph.

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