Super Amigos | Chicago Reader

Super Amigos

With its opening comic-book graphics and thumping, theremin-inflected score, this sophomore documentary by Mexican-Canadian Arturo Perez Torres has a lighter touch than his 2004 debut, Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary. Five Lucha Libre wrestlers take their costumed personae to the streets of Mexico City to fight injustice: Super Animal is wrestling's answer to PETA, Super Barrio battles rapacious landlords, Ecologista Universal campaigns for the environment, Fray Tormenta shelters homeless kids, and Super Gay (the only trim one) counsels victims of homophobic violence. The visuals are striking, including shots of bystanders who suspect they're being punked, but subpar editing undercuts both the humor and the social criticism. In Spanish with subtitles. 82 min.

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