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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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Very nice romantic comedy, made on a very small budget, it appears
2 December 2011 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Lilly (Hannah Frantz) is finally living in San Diego with her mother, Diane (Jacleen Haber). Mom is a divorcée and a writer with blockage, at present, so Hannah had been staying with relatives to allow Mother to finish her book. But, Diane remains depressed and doesn't accomplish much. For her part, Hannah is an amateur film maker and goes to the beach to shoot anything and everyone. One day on the shore, she meets Pepin (Julian Ortiz) a Mexican American with a father, Roberto (Valente Rodriguez) who is likewise still grieving over the loss of his wife. Since Lilly's mother may send her back to the relations and Pepin's dad might ship him to Mexican cousins, because of their mental states, the two young elementary aged kids hatch a plan. What if they get the two single parents to meet, fall in love, and begin a happily ever after life? Yes, but how? First the two try to convince the parents to be chaperones on their own date but circumstances beyond their control intervene. So, next, the children do some minor shoplifting and hope for the parents to meet at the police station! While waiting for their fuming folks to arrive, Lilly and Pepin confide in Officer Candy (Richard Hatch) and he agrees to help the kids with their plans. But, oh no, Roberto and Diane fight over a parking spot at the station and end up disliking each other on the spot! Can sparks still fly? The kids will try to make it happen. This is a sweet, nice romantic comedy for the ever-true fans of the genre, like me. Although Hatch is the only known name, all of the cast members do a great job, especially Frantz, she is a little doll. The sunny setting is fine, as are the costumes, script and comical direction. Therefore, if you are headed to the DVD store or other outlets, jot this title down for the future, romcom lovers.

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