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Spare Parts (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 June 2015 (Mexico)
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Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.

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Lorenzo Santillan (as Jose Julian)
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Luis Aranda (as Oscar Gutierrez)
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Mrs. Vazquez
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Maddy Kolinsky (as Aubrey Miller)
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Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. Written by Pantelion Films

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It takes a team to build a dream

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Rated PG-13 for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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5 June 2015 (Mexico)  »

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La Vida Robot  »

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$808,022 (USA) (23 January 2015)

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$3,610,933 (USA) (27 February 2015)
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It is based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by Joshua Davis, about the true story of a group of students from a mainly Latino high school, who won the first place over M.I.T. in the 2004 MATE ROV competition. See more »

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Right before the boys begin their robotics competition, the scoreboard shows Carl Hayes high school in fourth place but the boys haven't even begun competing yet. See more »

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Awards MC: Okay folks, everybody take your seats please.
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Dedication: In loving memory of Janet Jacobs 1947 - 2015 See more »

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References Eat Pray Love (2010) See more »

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Guerrero Finale
Written by Andrés Levin (as Andres Levin), Debi Nova
Performed by Fonseca feat. Debi Nova
Published by Peermusic III, Ltd. obo Peermusic Española, S.A. and Peermadrid Levin (SGAE), WB Music Corp obo Media Marea Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Andrés Levin (as Andres Levin)
Courtesy of Music Has No Enemies
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Heartwarming and Inspirational
24 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

This movie appears not be in wide release, at least in my area, but I would ask any parents with children in the 5th grade and above to consider seeing this move for the many messages and insights this film presents. Based on a true story of a four immigrant high school students in Arizona and their quest to compete in a prestigious robotics competition, you will find yourself by movie's end cheering and inspired while shedding a few tears along the way.

George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei and Esai Morales provide good performances, but the real stars are the four young actors who portray the students. Their performances will draw you into their world and give you a brief glimpse into lives that few Americans have seen.

While the recreation of the competition itself is as intense as a sports movie, it is the path and the detours these four boys must make on the road to the competition that makes one contemplate aspects of our education and immigration policies.

Make sure to stay through the entire film to see pictures and information about the actual participants and what they did post high school.


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