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Pulling Strings (2013)

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After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she's saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before - by Rachel.

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Cast

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Alejandro
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Rachel
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Canicas
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Carol
Renata Ybarra ...
Maria
Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitlán ...
Alejandro's Mariachi Band
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Virginia
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Art
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Hapi
Carlos Macias ...
Neron
Jorge Zárate ...
Cosme
Emilio Guerrero ...
Don Gus
Juan Pablo Gil ...
Manolo
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Max
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School Principal
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Rachel is an intelligent, modern-day woman constantly on the move. Primarily focused on her career as a diplomatic consul for the U.S. embassy, she's literally lived her life on the move, globe-trotting from city to city. Currently working in Mexico City and set to leave for London, Rachel's world turns upside down on the eve of her own goodbye party when she gets drunk and passes out on the street. Saved by Alejandro, a handsome Mariachi singer and single father, Rachel wakes up in his apartment with no recollection of how she got there. Nor does she remember that she rejected his visa the day before, which he desperately needs for his daughter. Romance unexpectedly blossoms between the two, but either sparks or fists will fly after she finds out his secret. Written by Pantelion Films

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Even with backup, he can't sing his way out of this one.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 2013 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Amor a Primera Visa  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,500,000 (USA) (6 October 2013)

Gross:

$5,823,487 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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Director Pedro Pablo Ybarra had some issues when it came to meshing the English and Spanish components. Ybarra, who is a Mexican native, had to learn to overcome a slight language barrier when instructing his American actors. See more »

Goofs

Tom Arnold's character comments on how a GPS tracking device revealed that the laptop had taken "quite a trip," yet the laptop itself never left Alejandro's apartment. See more »

Quotes

Alejandro: My dad said "Life beats you, but some people beg for it."
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Soundtracks

Mi negra
Written by Michi Sarmiento and Anibal Velasquez
Performed by Ondatrópica
Courtesy of Soundway Records and Discos Intolerancia by Ondatrópica
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A VERY unlikely romance, that's for sure! Just be sure to watch it with someone you love.
28 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Would you like a nice date night flick? Look no further than "Pulling Strings"! It's sweet and clever and is a great prelude to a night of good lovin'!

Jaime Camil stars as Alejandro, a professional Mariachi singer living in Mexico City. He knows this isn't the best life, as he's also a widower trying to raise his young daughter, so he wants to visit family in the States and leave his daughter with them. However, his request for a VISA was denied by a US Embassy bureaucrat who barely gave him a chance.

A short time later, this same bureaucrat, Rachel (Laura Ramsey) has been promoted and her coworkers throw a big party for her...complete with a Mariachi band. Well, like you expect in a movie, Alejandro happens to be the singer and during the course of the evening, Rachel gets totally smashed. In fact, when Alejandro leaves the party to go home, he finds her asleep on a bench at a bus stop...definitely not a good idea anywhere but a horrible idea in Mexico City! Alejandro is a good guy and tries to help by calling her a cab. But she is so drunk, he can't even find out where she lives, so he brings her home. When she awakens, she is not surprisingly shocked to find herself in a strange man's apartment...she is also shocked to find that her boss' computer, which he gave her for safekeeping, is missing...and she had it with her at the bus stop! So nice-hearted Alejandro takes her across Mexico City looking for it....and the city is one of the biggest cities in the world! So what's to come of all this? See the film.

This is a highly unusual film because it's not so much a Mexican film with some Americans in it or vice-versa. It's more like an American cast and a Mexican cast being brought together for a movie....and it works very well. Plus, it gives you a nice look at the Mexicans in this mega-city...warts and all. Very sweet, very original and, at times, very romantic. Well worth your time.


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