Two contrasting brothers rival each other inside the world of professional soccer in this 2008 farce by writer-director Carlos Cuarón. He wrote the 2001 hit Y Tu Mamá También, which starred this film's two leading men, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. In Spanish with English subtitles.
"Rudo y Cursi is a grave and calculated affront to the men of Mexico, and that's the source of its roistering charm.... [Cuarón] knows exactly who his characters are and the machismo-addled culture in which they struggle to keep afloat.... Cuarón relates the brothers' rise and fall at a droll comic remove, and he purposefully keeps the cameras off the field, the better to focus on reality rather than the illusions sustaining an entire nation."—Boston Globe
"More raucous and slight than the contemplative Y Tu Mama, but an undeniably entertaining rags-to-riches-to-rags comedy.... Bernal's hilarious Spanish rendition of Cheap Trick's 'I Want You to Want Me' in ranchera style is a highlight."—USA Today