Gael García Bernal (Tato, aka Cursi) and Diego Luna (Beto, aka Rudo) reunite on-screen as a pair of thickheaded stepbrothers who work all day on their family's banana ranch and get their kicks playing on a local soccer team. But when a slickly dressed, smooth-tongued recruiter, played hilariously by Guillermo Francella, eyes them for the big leagues, their small-town brotherly rivalry explodes onto the professional playing field. Colorful and full of energy, the film lightheartedly explores the brothers' sky-rocket ride to fame and all its dirty emissions. But in good times and bad, blood proves thicker than water—endorsement deals, supermodels, and penalty shots aside.
From powerhouse producers Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Carlos' brother), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), Rudo y Cursi is already a huge box office hit in Mexico. Carlos Cuarón exquisitely directs his first feature, commanding the helm with ease and infusing the film with the perfect amount of vigor, whimsy, and competition. Audiences will relish in this entertaining Mexican import. A Sony Pictures Classics presentation.