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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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  (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)

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
Víctor Camacho .... videoassist/24fps
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
Javier Braier .... casting buenos aires
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 Froideval .... scoring 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rudo and Cursi" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use
106 min | 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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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Brotherly Love, 9 June 2009
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

In 2001, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna starred in Y tu mama tambien, a film I would place in the top ten for this decade. Their dynamic on screen was palpable. The combination of a their performances as well as a gripping story from the Cuaron brothers, Carlos and Alfonso. Alfonso directed the film and went on to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men, the latter being a gem. Now, Carlos has taken the reigns as director for his first feature with Rudo y Cursi.

He reuintes with his Y tu mama stars Bernal and Luna, who have had stellar careers since 2001. Here they play brothers in a small Mexican town who dream of one day leaving and making it big. Beto (Luna) wants to become the greatest goalie in the country while Tato (Bernal) wants to be a singer, but can play soccer better than he can sing. They are discovered by Batuta (Guillermo Francella) during one of their games and offers one of them the chance of a life time: to become a professional football player. The scene to decide who gets to go is one of the best in the film, so I won't ruin it.

The majority of the film centers on the two brothers trying to fulfill their dreams but struggling along the way with gambling, women, and the sport they love. What I love so much about this film are the characters of Beto and Tato. They are so developed. You can tell exactly what their life has been life without knowing too much about them. They are simple folk and talk as such, regardless of how rich or destitute they become. Cuaron makes this unbelievable story as believable as possible, throwing the characters curveballs, much as life does.

Luna and Bernal work so well together. They look nothing alike yet I believe that they are brothers here. There is a scene where Luna is very upset with his brother and venting about it to his wife, but when she chimes in and talks down about Bernal, Luna tells her not to speak about his brother like that. It's the little things that they do that give their characters depth and feeling.

Cuaron uses narration throughout the course of the film, much like he did with Alfonso in Y tu mama tambien. This narrator however has an identity (Batuta) while in the other film it is anonymous. I think I would have liked it better that way or simply done without. The anonymous narrator can bring some interesting details and histories to the story, almost like watching a documentary. This narrating is bias and doesn't get quite as personal. It could have been dealt with in a better manner.

Although Carlos has been involved with several movies, I was very impressed with his directorial debut. Some people are born screenwriters, but step behind the camera and things fall apart. Luckily for us Carlos is multi talented like his brother. There are some very nice scenes here with solid camera work. One particular shot of the two brothers sitting across from each other at a table was beautiful in my opinion.

After the film was over and the credits began to roll, I happened to notice the names under the "Produced by" title. They were Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandoro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Guillermo Del Toro. They recently made a production company called Cha Cha Cha films. These three filmmakers won world wide acclaim in 2006 when they each released brilliant pieces of cinema. Cuaron with Children of Men, Inarritu with Babel, and Del Toro with Pan's Labyrinth. A pretty impressive threesome to have on your film's credits. I was impressed.

Rudo y Cursi is a very satisfying film for those who aren't looking for a typical story. Some might get mad at the ending but that's understandable. Such is life. Not everybody can be happy. I guess that's the film's underlying message that if you accept what life has dealt you, happiness will come to you.

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