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The Little Match Makers (2011)

It's summer in San Diego. Lily (Hannah Frantz) and her mother, Diane (Jacleen Haber), are on vacation from New York City while Pepin (Julian Ortiz) and his father, Jose (Agustin Castaneda),... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Hannah Frantz ...
Lily Richards
Diane Richards
Julian Ortiz ...
Pepin Casas
Agustín Castañeda ...
Jose Casas
Nicolas DiBello ...
Officer Candy
Joey Molina ...
Store Clerk
Satya Chavez ...
Police Receptionist
Rosalie Ortiz ...
Officer Miranda
Marina Inserra ...
Jessica Roe ...
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It's summer in San Diego. Lily (Hannah Frantz) and her mother, Diane (Jacleen Haber), are on vacation from New York City while Pepin (Julian Ortiz) and his father, Jose (Agustin Castaneda), from Mexico City are also on vacation. The kids meet at the beach and quickly discover they have a lot in common with each other even if they are from different places. Both are ten years old, both their parents are divorced, and both want their parents to be happy. Why not introduce their parents to each other in hopes that they will fall in love so everyone has the best summer ever? Despite Pepin & Lily's grand plan, it's not as easy as they think it will be. When they orchestrate the first encounter between their parents, much to their dismay, their parents can't stand each other! With a bad start, how can these little matchmakers spark the magic that will make their mom & dad fall for each other? The quirky Officer Candy (Richard Hatch) & the bumbling waiter (Valente Rodriguez) offer assistance... Written by Anonymous

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13 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Unpolished gem in mud...i enjoyed moments
1 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a gem in mud. Is it worth picking up? Since i enjoyed the idea and moments i forgave the mud and poor elements. I am VERY critical of movies however i also enjoy worthwhile moments and the study of film. I can learn from a film poorly made on a low budget by inexperienced or ill experienced film makers. I can also respect they tried and finished.

Many movies with a 6 or 7 rating i find horrible so what is in a rating? Personal bias. I have been more disappointed by movies with high ratings so since i liked and enjoyed elements in this film I give it a 6 or 7.

++ I liked some ideas, however -- the execution was poor -- horrible canned wooden memorized unnatural dialog delivery -- Script poor, color, lighting, poor elements -- audio levels i could overlook -- casting OK to poor

++ The Idea of depressed single parents ++ Proactive articulate 11 year old girl, Film maker, friendly, thinking, curious, happy cheerful, not obese ++ devoted creative parents...yet depressed

I watch a poor film, i enjoy.... and then a great film and compare the elements in a written list. As an aspiring filmmaker i feel the need to see poor quality and compare it to the best. A story that has potential but misses is a curiosity. What would I do to change and improve a gem in the mud?

To sum up this is an unpolished gem in ... mud...for study with a sweet story

++ children worried about parents, willing to act and do, to help ++ real people need help with depression, anger, fear.

++ Simple solutions may or may not work, but always can make us think of better

I will watch it again!

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