Together for the first time since Y Tu Mamá También, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna team up as soccer-playing half-brothers in Mexican director Carlos Caurón’s scattershot corn-fest Rudo y Cursi. The gulf between the sensibilities of Carlos and better-known big brother Alfonso Caurón is apparent right off the bat: Rudo and Cursi are the country-bumpkin antithesis of the characters Bernal and Luna played in Alfonso’s similarly manic if much more emotionally complex Y Tu Mamá También.
Rudo (Luna), married with a kid, is an assistant foreman at a rural banana plantation.
The perils of fame and fortune take down the brothers as quickly as it propped them up, a narrative arc Rudo y Cursi delivers with the subtlety of an Adam Sandler flick. That’s not to say Bernal and Luna aren’t fun to watch — they tackle the ribald dialogue, deeply unconvincing plot and corny emotional turns with enough conviction to almost make us believe in this ludicrous tale. Grade: C
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