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Rough and Corny (2008)

Rudo y Cursi (original title)
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Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

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Carlos Cuarón

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Carlos Cuarón (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Tato
Diego Luna ... Beto
Guillermo Francella ... Batuta
Dolores Heredia ... Elvira
Adriana Paz Adriana Paz ... Toña
Jessica Mas ... Maya
Salvador Zerboni Salvador Zerboni ... Jorge W
Tania Esmeralda Aguilar Tania Esmeralda Aguilar ... Nadia
Joaquín Cosio ... Arnulfo
Alfredo Alfonso Alfredo Alfonso ... Don Casimiro
Fermín Martínez Fermín Martínez ... DT Obdulio
Eduardo Von Eduardo Von ... DT Bruno López
Axel Ricco Axel Ricco ... Mena
Harold Torres ... Trompo Tovar
Gabino Rodríguez Gabino Rodríguez ... Mafafo
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Storyline

Mexican half brothers Beto and Tato--who will eventually be appropriately nicknamed Rudo (rough) and Cursi (corny), respectively--have a typical love/hate relationship with each other. They both work on a banana plantation and live with their extended family consisting of their mother, abusive stepfather, sister Nadia, and Beto's wife Toña and their children. The family are rural peasant class and are barely making ends meet. The brothers' fortunes change when into their lives comes Batuta, a soccer scout. Despite their advancing ages, both Beto and Tato are naturally gifted at soccer, Beto as a goaltender and Tato as a striker. Playing professionally has always been Beto's dream, although Tato has other professional thoughts on his mind. Batuta eventually recruits both for different teams in Mexico City. Beto's and Tato's fortunes rise and fall, the falls based on those things which hold more passion for the brothers. For Tato, he loves fast women, specifically television ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

La Vida es Un Volado

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rough and Corny See more »

Filming Locations:

Cihuatlan, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,460, 10 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,826,674, 21 August 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two sports commentators are voiced over by David Faitelson and Antonio Rosique, two popular TV personalities in Mexico. See more »

Quotes

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, ...
[...]
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Sueño de amor
Written by Eddy Guerra
Performed by La Sonora Dinamita and Toñita
Courtesy of Discos Fuentes / Edimúsica, SA
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Highly Entertaining Rag to Riches Mexican Football Tale
26 August 2009 | by martys-7See all my reviews

The history of the peasant or working class young man who rises to the top in the world of sports or entertainment only to fall due to betrayal and/or addiction has been told many times before, but this movie from the team of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" feels new and dynamic. Compelling, funny, insightful, fast-paced, philosophical, moving, this tale of two brothers who are able to leave their banana-picker job to become major league football stars in Mexico City is fresh and exciting.

With a vibrant cinematography, an unflinching look at the Mexican realities of the marginally-living rural laborer class and the world of professional football with its egos, deals, and fame, we are presented with a large incisive, ironic slice of Mexican life. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as usual disappear into their roles this time as the competing brothers who are not prepared to hit the big time. Poverty, machismo, football fanaticism, gambling, sex, cocaine, family problems, shady people are shown as colorful and obscene as the language used by characters. The scenes are fluid and entertaining; it may be a drama but it is also a fun comedy and totally life-affirming. To top it all, there is a great music video with Garcia Bernal doing Van Halen's "I Want you to Want me" as a ranchera in Spanish. In the end, the movie even at 103 minutes feels perhaps too brief leaving one wishing for more.

"Rudo y Cursi" reaffirms the talents of director Carlos Cuaron, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna.


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