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Expecting a Miracle (2009)

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L.A. engineer Pete Stanhope wants to stop expensive, frustrating IVF treatment with his wife, Donna, and consider adoption but his wife disagrees. In the hopes of defusing the marital ... See full summary »

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L.A. engineer Pete Stanhope wants to stop expensive, frustrating IVF treatment with his wife, Donna, and consider adoption but his wife disagrees. In the hopes of defusing the marital tension they go on a a romantic holiday to Mexico. Car trouble strands them in tiny Dommatina, a peaceful village where the locals are content. Pete accepts the help of the only car mechanic, Juan Salazar, while aiding the philosophical father Arturo with preparations for the annual fiesta. Juan's kid brother, disabled Pepillo, will then star in the 'flying act'. Getting to know the boy and experiencing simple happiness may reshape the Stanhope's own future. Written by KGF Vissers

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The couple encounter a strange mentality in the Mexican village when every time they offer to tip someone for their services or help, they are turned down with the explanation that no money is accepted for helping someone or doing what naturally comes right. In reality, this is a bizarre twist on Mexican culture, in which bribes and tips are absolutely necessary to go anywhere or get anything done, and the extra monetary compensation is actually quite expected for doing even the most mundane jobs. The sentiments on display may be part of normal western culture, but most certainly are alien in Mexican culture. This is so deeply ingrained into Mexican culture, going clear back to the Spanish Conquistadores, that it is an expected and normal part of the culture. Everyone from government officials on down expect extra compensation for favor, even if it's simply doing their job. See more »

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Great Family movie
12 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read another review that credited actor for the wife character as Nicole Scipione. This part is played wonderfully by Teri Polo, who for some reason is not even credited in the movie information. Also, I am not sure why this is classified as a comedy-drama. If there is comedy, it is very subdued. I do agree that Cheech Marin even plays his part straight. That is a very nice change. Rebeka Montoya is wonderful as the young lady that befriends Teri Polo's character as is Kevin Hernandez who plays the young boy. However, Priestly and Polo, definitely are strong as the main characters of the movie. They learn that life and love can go on even without children. They also learn to place their life in God's hands, rather than trying so hard to control their own destiny. Oh,and the pilot pig must be given credit. I guess there was one comic moment in the movie. I highly recommend it as a family movie.


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