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Instructions Not Included (2013)
"No se Aceptan Devoluciones" (original title)

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

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

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$44,456,509 (USA) (6 December 2013)
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The highest-grossing Spanish-language film released in the United States. [Jan 2014] See more »

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Judeisy: You must have something from that Julie woman. Didn't she leave you a souvenir?
Valentín: She did. But I got rid of it with penicillin.
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Te Mando Flores
Written by Juan Fernando Fonseca
Performed by Fonseca
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Totally worth it!!!
31 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll be honest, I was dragged in to see this movie but was quickly enthused and charmed by the undeniable chemistry between father and daughter(Eugenio Derbez, Loreta Peralta). The very first minutes weren't exactly my cup of tea but it it gets to the point eagerly and you get the whole message of the title along with it. Don't confuse it for just another meager Disney squall of becoming a family film. No where throughout the movie did I remember the pacifier or the Game Plan those were particularly distasteful movies I could hope to forget. Instructions Not Included finds heart and answers many questions all of us have asked about life. All the troubles and dismay we go through are for not, the very essence of where we have placed our hopes lie within the children we take care of and honestly there aren't any instructions included through the sobs, the laughs, and the peace we come to while they teach us how to grow.

Watch this movie and I promise you won't forget it and bring a box of Kleenex for your tears.


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