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Spare Parts (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 June 2015 (Mexico)
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Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.

Director:

Sean McNamara

Writers:

Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by), Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Lopez ... Fredi Cameron
Marisa Tomei ... Gwen Kolinsky
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ms. Karen Lowry
Carlos PenaVega ... Oscar Vazquez
José Julián ... Lorenzo Santillan (as Jose Julian)
David Del Rio ... Cristian Arcega
Oscar Javier Gutierrez II Oscar Javier Gutierrez II ... Luis Aranda (as Oscar Gutierrez)
Alessandra Rosaldo ... Mrs. Vazquez
J.R. Villarreal ... Hector
Aubrey K. Miller ... Maddy Kolinsky (as Aubrey Miller)
Kevin Wiggins ... Barrows
Alexa PenaVega ... Karla
J.P. Murrieta J.P. Murrieta ... Male Announcer (as J.R. Murrieta)
Nicole Brady Nicole Brady ... Female Announcer
Edward McGinty Edward McGinty ... Williams (Judge) (as Ed McGinty)
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Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. Written by Pantelion Films

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It takes a team to build a dream

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 June 2015 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

La Vida Robot See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$808,022, 23 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,610,933, 1 March 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The real Oscar Vazquez is now a BNSF Railroad locomotive foreman in Glendive, Montana, hired as part of BNSF's Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) Program. See more »

Goofs

The team goes shopping at a John Brooks market. There are no John Brooks markets in Santa Barbara California. See more »

Quotes

Awards MC: Okay folks, everybody take your seats please.
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Dedication: In loving memory of Janet Jacobs 1947 - 2015 See more »

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References Eat Pray Love (2010) See more »

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Guerrero Finale
Written by Andrés Levin (as Andres Levin), Debi Nova
Performed by Fonseca feat. Debi Nova
Published by Peermusic III, Ltd. obo Peermusic Española, S.A. and Peermadrid Levin (SGAE), WB Music Corp obo Media Marea Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Andrés Levin (as Andres Levin)
Courtesy of Music Has No Enemies
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Smooth, nicely paced, well-grounded feel-gooder

Strange how these sort of "feel good" films -- based on actual events -- used to be more commonplace... and now have somehow become an endangered species..? SPARE PARTS is a serious film. By that I mean they used name stars and gave the film a full 2 hour running length. (Lately you can tell more about a film by the length than any other statistic -- the ones that clock in at exactly 1:25 are usually done on the cheap, intended to be sold to TV right away).

It might not win any Oscars but it is solid entertainment with no hiccoughs or offbeat moments.

For this reviewer, the oddest thing was identifying the "glue." In every story there is a character that the audience comes to identify with, and the actions of this key character often set the tone for how the audience will respond to the whole story.

What was interesting here is that the "glue" was Marisa Tomei, who is both the conscience and the heart of the film -- yet she does not have as much camera time as some of the other characters. She does an outstanding job of grounding the story, from beginning to end.

Highly recommended.


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