By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated May 08, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Rudo y Cursi

  • Movie

Starring: Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal
Directed by: Carlos Cuarón
Release Date: May 8

Most rags-to-riches sports stories spend at least some screen time showcasing the game, but Rudo y Cursi — about hardscrabble half-brothers who become sensations in Mexican football (i.e., soccer) — barely stages a penalty kick. Instead, says Luna (Milk), ”you’re looking at the face of the guy who’s watching the game.” And how did Luna feel about that? ”It was painful,” he says, ”because obviously I wanted to show everyone how good I am.” Fútbol holds less appeal for costar Bernal (”I always support teams that don’t win,” he says). But the actor was thrilled to reunite with buddies from 2001’s Y Tu Mamá También, including Luna and Alfonso Cuarón, who directed that film and produces this one. (Cuarón’s brother, Carlos, makes his directorial debut.) Bernal and Luna found it easy to act like siblings. ”Diego is like my brother,” says Bernal. Except, Luna notes, ”brothers don’t get to choose each other, and we did.”

Rudo y Cursi

  • Movie
  • R
  • 103 minutes
  • Carlos Cuaron