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Pastorela (2011)

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Agent Jesus Juarez (aka Chucho) has always played the Devil in his town's Nativity Play. This Christmas, when the new pastor of the church recasts the role, the two men engage in a battle between good and evil.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Agente Jesús Juárez
Carlos Cobos ... Padre Edmundo Posadas
... Compadre Vulmaro Villafuerte
Ernesto Yáñez ... Dios 'El monaguillo'
... Monjita
... Comandante
... Muchacho poseído
... Cardenal
... Tuerto (as Jose Sefami)
Rubén Cristiany ... Arzobispo
... Dr. Godinez
... Reportera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omar Ayala ... Agente 1
Juan Carlos Bustamante ... Asistente Tuerto 1
Bruno Coronel ... Diablo adolescente
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Agent Jesus Juarez (aka Chucho) has always played the Devil in his town's Nativity Play. This Christmas, when the new pastor of the church recasts the role, the two men engage in a battle between good and evil.

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Rated R for language throughout, brief sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »
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11 November 2011 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Pastorela: A Christmas Play  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$82,175, 4 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$156,784, 18 December 2011
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I wish that I could recommend this one.
4 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

I remember when the Mexican movies were way more disrespectful, but above all more than stupid, when the Mexican actors did what Will Ferrell attempts, "being funny" without the charm for it. As example I remember the dumbest movies produced in México in the 70's and 80's, movies like "Los Verduleros", "La Pulqueria" "Las Ficheras" and on and on. So "Pastorela" with its original, premise, made laugh for the first third of the movie, suddenly everything went to hell.

Just think a crossover between "Dumb and dumber" and "The Other Guys", do you get the picture, no? let me explain, the movie goes from being funny and smart, to dull and stale,stupid and nonsensical, and I would said "Emilio Portes" should just write or should just direct, well actually neither, as once a writer myself, I decided to quit my best writings when I got "writer's block" better not deliver than delivering a piece of garbage!

Overall, this is a sane and decent movie if you compare it to aberrations like" The Dictator" (2012), but unfortunately enters the category of dumbness, yes, it lacks intelligence and good judgment.

If I despised movies like "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)" now I have "Pastorela" as its equal.

"Pastorela" was doing fine, without hypocrisy, and not pulling back the punches, to the day by day idiosyncrasy of certain societies and individuals, I mean, it made me laugh when the priest and the nun,and thankfully, the scene was made without the intention of being erotic, just to be funny, even the exorcisms seemed to be purposely to make us laugh and not to horrified like if it was "Deus Irae" (2010).

Listening to the grumpy Joaquin Cosio "Chucho" and the rest of the cast, became the relief I was looking after watching so many mysteries, crimes,dramas, thrillers, action and zombie movies; because Cosio is an unintended funny actor in all of the few movies I have seen him, and somehow reminded me a little of Paco Stanley (RIP) back then when "El Tenorio Comico", (even though they don't look alike), it is the same sneakiness to make you laugh, certainly not the same elegance, but a good laugh is a good laugh. I literally blame the writer-director for this half cooked turkey.

We used to say "El que mucho abarca poco aprieta" "The one who holds too much, grasp just a little" and I wonder if after the first third of the movie, the writer-director suddenly had a vision, a revelation or just smoke too much of what he shouldn't have.

I wish that I could recommend this one, anyway if you are curious about it, watch half of it, and then "change the channel"!


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