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Instructions Not Included (2013)

No se aceptan devoluciones (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 6 September 2013 (USA)
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A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.


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A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrés Vázquez ...
Valentín niño
Hugo Stiglitz ...
Leia Freitas ...
Amante Brasileña
Ángela Moreno ...
Amante dominicana
Gilda Gentile ...
Amante argentina
Nancy Taira ...
Amante oriental
Sammy Pérez ...
Arcelia Ramírez ...
Agustín Bernal ...
Greg Lucas ...
Agente migración (as Gregg Lucas)
Roger Cudney ...
Abogado Julie
Migael Penix ...
Portero hotel L.A.
Frank Ryan


Valentin is Acapulco's resident playboy, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Leaving Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby's mother, Valentin ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood's top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie's birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he's in danger of losing his daughter - and his best friend. Written by Pantaleon Films

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Life doesn't care if you're ready.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Instructions Not Included  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,378,558 (USA) (30 August 2013)


$44,456,509 (USA) (6 December 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Loreto Peralta applied for the casting after a friend of her mother (Loreto's mother) told her that Eugenio Derbez was looking for a girl pretty much alike her daughter via social networks. See more »


Maggie: [Performing a ritual with a charm after a stunt] No fall, nor wound, nor aching head... can stop this charm from bringing you back from the dead!
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Cuando Calienta el Sol
Written by Carlos Rigual, Mario Rigual and C. Martinolli
Performed by Valentín
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Great movie
1 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen something this good in a while. Of course, it's much better if you understand Spanish to be able to get a lot of the jokes and sarcasm, etc.

The cinematography was great for the storyline, and it's almost its own style I think. The colors, the storyline, and everything else just flowed right throughotu the movie, and it was definitely a roller coaster of emotions. You will laugh and cry throughout the movie, and it very subtly brings up a few issues we face today with parenthood, the court system in America, the basic needs of children, and the advantages of being wealthy.

Don't expect Hollywood with this movie, because the feelings you will get from watching it are different from your typical Hollywood film that follows a linear storyline to satisfy the expectations of the viewer. I think everything was great about it, no complaints because it's Eugenio's first film, crossover, and the little girl was a real great actress for acting for the first time of her life in anything.

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