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Rudo y Cursi -- Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.
Rudo y Cursi -- A chance encounter with a talent scout affords half-brothers Tato (Bernal) and Beto (Luna) the opportunity to play professional soccer in Mexico City.


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Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gael García Bernal ... Tato

Diego Luna ... Beto

Guillermo Francella ... Batuta

Dolores Heredia ... Elvira
Adriana Paz ... Toña

Jessica Mas ... Maya
Salvador Zerboni ... Jorge W
Tania Esmeralda Aguilar ... Nadia

Joaquín Cosio ... Arnulfo
Alfredo Alfonso ... Don Casimiro
Fermín Martínez ... DT Obdulio
Eduardo Von ... DT Bruno López
Axel Ricco ... Mena
Harold Torres ... Trompo Tovar
Gabino Rodríguez ... Mafafo
Alexander Da Silva ... Gringa Roldán

Armando Hernández ... Cienpiés
Alexandré Barceló ... Fito
Jorge Mondragón ... Porro
Enoc Leaño ... Árbitro
José Carlos Rodríguez ... DT Merodio
Martín Altomaro ... Comentarista TV 1
Pablo Lach ... Comentarista TV 2
David Faitelson ... Voz comentarista TV 1 (voice)
Antonio Rosique ... Voz comentarista TV 2 (voice)
Claudia Becker ... Quetis
Manuel Teil ... Quico
René Campero ... Apostador 1
Sonia Guerrero ... Apostador 2
Jorge Guerrero ... Apostador 3

Andrés Almeida ... Apostador 4

Annette Fradera ... Apostador 5
Olinka Velázquez ... Mesera (as Olynka Velázquez)
Pedro De Tavira ... Chavo Hipódromo 1

Felipe de Lara ... Chavo Hipódromo 2
Jimena Cuarón Barraza ... Chava Hipódromo 1
Fernanda De la Peza ... Chava Hipódromo 2
Claudia Schmidt ... Chava Fresa 1
Giselle Elías ... Chava Fresa 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernardo ... Terrones
Bernardo Terrones ... Señor de cancha llanera
César René Vigné ... Nopalero #2 (uncredited)
Jorge Zárate ... Voz Bruno López (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Carlos Cuarón 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carlos Cuarón  screenplay

Produced by
Alfonso Cuarón .... producer
Guillermo del Toro .... producer
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... producer
Tita Lombardo .... line producer
Frida Torresblanco .... producer
Original Music by
Leoncio Lara 
Felipe Perez Santiago (music) (as Felipe Pérez Santiago)
Cinematography by
Adam Kimmel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Rodríguez 
Casting by
Kimberly Mullen 
Mark Mullen 
Manuel Teil (casting by)
Production Design by
Eugenio Caballero 
Costume Design by
Annai Ramos 
Anna Terrazas 
Makeup Department
Marisa Amenta .... makeup artist
David Ruiz Gameros .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Héctor Villegas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerardo Rene Arellano .... second second assistant director
Fernanda De la Peza .... assistant director
María Raquel Dioni .... second assistant director
Hiromi Kamata .... assistant director: reshoots
Hiromi Kamata .... assistant director: second unit
Juan Pablo Miquirray .... second assistant director
Alejandro Solar Luna .... assistant director: additional photography
Martín Torres .... first assistant director
René Villarreal .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sandra Flores .... assistant set decorator
Alejandro García .... decorator assistant
Arturo Lazcano .... head scenic painter
René Marquéz .... property master
Claudio Ramirez Castelli .... set decoration: reshoots (as Claudio Castelli)
Ariel Valsagna .... sketch artist
Oscar Tello .... assistant production designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jaime Baksht .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Cabrera .... cableperson
Michelle Couttolenc .... sound recordist
Sergio Diaz .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Sergio Diaz .... supervising sound mixer
Martín Hernández .... sound designer
Martín Hernández .... supervising sound editor
Isabel Muñoz .... additional sound
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Priscilla Peters .... foley artist
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound designer
Arturo Zarate .... foley artist
Arturo Zarate .... foley editor
Arturo Zarate .... sound effects recordist
Visual Effects by
Simon Allmark .... visual effects editor: Double Negative
Szvák Antal .... visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects
Oliver Atherton .... digital compositor
Jo Ann Cordero Belen .... roto artist: Double Negative
Zoltán Benyó .... visual effects producer: Cube Effects
Andre Braithwaite .... animator
Richard Briscoe .... visual effects supervisor
Nik Brownlee .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Ana Mestre de Almeida Pereira .... roto/prep artist: Double Negative (as Ana Mestre)
Papp Gabriella .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: double negative
Pete Jopling .... compositing supervisor: Double Negative
Matthew Leach .... studio assistant
Charlotte Merrill .... digital compositor
Thomas Middleton .... roto artist: Double Negative
Fábry Olivia .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Peter Olliff .... visual effects editor: Double Negative
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colourist
Paul Scott .... roto/prep artist
Tammy Smith .... roto/prep artist: double negative
Dan Snape .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Noémi Somoskövy .... visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects
Jim Steel .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Christopher Sweet .... matchmove artist
Gábor Székely .... technical director: Cube Effects
Ria Tamok .... lead rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Clare Tinsley .... visual effects producer: Double Negative
Neil West .... matchmove artist: Double Negative
Motassem Younes .... digital opticals
Péter Závorszky .... visual effects production manager: Cube Effects
Zoltán Ács .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
Taz Lodder .... technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
César René Vigné .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Martín Boege .... director of photography: second unit
Francesco Cavazza .... camera operator: b-camera
Zunbeltz Cuevas .... first assistant camera: second unit
John Grillo .... additional cinematographer
Edgar Hurtado .... first assistant camera
Juan Pablo Somohano .... technician camera equipment: specific segments
Daniel Valdes .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Candido Hernandez .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Francisco Veyro .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jimena Tenorio .... costume assistant
Bernardo Treviño .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutter
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Adrian Orozco .... assistant editor
Carlos Puente .... additional editor
Jordan Wood .... telecine suite operator: additional photography
Music Department
Annette Fradera .... music supervisor
Annette Fradera .... song producer
Camilo Lara .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Priscila Amescua-Mendez .... assistant: Alejandro González Iñarritu
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... catering coordinator
Chels Briseño .... production assistant
Eduardo Castillo-Salgado .... design and systems
Caroline Coskren .... office production coordinator
Lili Gonzalez .... production coordinator
Regina Montemayor .... production assistant
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
Emi Norris .... assistant: Frida Torresblanco
Valdez Cavazos Salvador .... key set production assistant
Alejandra Santana .... production assistant
Pedro Suarez .... production assistant
Nicole Teeny .... production intern
Bernardo Terrones .... location manager

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Also Known As:
"Rudo and Cursi" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use
Netherlands:103 min | USA:103 min | Argentina:103 min
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The song that 'Gael Garcia Bernal' sings ('Quiero que me Quieras') is a cover to Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me"See more »
Jorge W:Catch me up Rudo, it's not me, I'm just the executive, I lead the operation, it's just that they want their money, that's obvious.
Beto:Well, tell them to rise my credit.
Jorge W:I swear you man, I'm really ashamed but that's impossible. You got a Tsunami like debt, dude.
Beto:I can over pay them if they want, just give me more time, please.
Jorge W:No Rudo, I'd love to but I really can't
[Asks a Market Attendant]
Jorge W:Excuse me, you got Pampers Ultra Supreme?
[the attendant says no]
Jorge W:Shiiit! Look Rudo, you ain't got a limit, you make huge bets, you love blow man.
Beto:No, I only use that stuff because it helps me with the game.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
My favourite football movie ever!, 12 July 2010
Author: Charlene Lydon from Ireland

The first film from the newly formed Cha Cha Cha Productions, consisting of Mexico's finest filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Rudo y Cursi is a hugely enjoyable warm-hearted genre piece which re-teams the writer and stars of Y Tu Mama Tambien, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

Though, admittedly, not my greatest area of interest, there is always something very engaging about the sports movie. This film is a shining example of the genre. It tells the story of two poor country brothers, Tato and Beto. Tato dreams of becoming a pop star and Beto dreams of becoming a goalie. However, when Tato gets picked up, by random happenstance, by a soccer talent scout, Beto is horrified. Tato sees it as an opportunity to become famous and therefore get a record deal. Soon afterwards, Beto is given a shot at being a pro at a different club and they both become soccer sensations. Trials and tribulations ensue and the whole film builds up towards the inevitable climactic game with everything riding on it; brother versus brother.

On some level this is an entertaining rags-to-riches story like all the other ones that have come before it. But there is a deeper level of sentiment at work here that allows the audience to engage fully with these characters and love them and hate them as necessary. The tragedy of simple men being seduced and quickly destroyed by fame is examined here, and to great effect due to the nicely rounded characters and undeniable chemistry between the two lead actors.

Writer and director Carlos Cuaron (who co-wrote Y Tu Mama Tambien) does a fantastic job here. There is not a superfluous scene in the piece and the dialogue is not only hilarious but also snappy and natural. The screenplay flows along so nicely that by the time the film ends, you wonder where the two hours went and feel sad to be leaving these characters.

A major problem with the film, particularly as a genre piece, is its lack of actual football footage. Most of the football is off-screen for some reason, perhaps the actors just aren't very good footballers. This hampers the excitement and the build-up of the third act somewhat. It is a huge pity because with so much invested in the characters, it seems a shame to take the excitement down a peg by not showing the matches. This is however merely a tiny problem in an otherwise splendid film.

This is an impossible film to dislike. Devoid of sentimentality yet consistently heart-warming throughout, the lead and supporting characters light up the scenes throughout with subtle quirks and elegant tragedies. As dark as the story can sometimes get, it is never bleak, and always rousing. What more could one want from a summer popcorn movie?

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