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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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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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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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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Written by Holger Beier, Camilo Lara
Performed by Mexican Institute of Sound
Published by Pacific Electric Music (ASCAP) c/o Lockwood Valley Music, Mejico Maxico Songs (BMI) c/o Bicycle Music
Courtesy of Nacional Records
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Smooth, nicely paced, well-grounded feel-gooder
23 May 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Strange how these sort of "feel good" films -- based on actual events -- used to be more commonplace... and now have somehow become an endangered species..? SPARE PARTS is a serious film. By that I mean they used name stars and gave the film a full 2 hour running length. (Lately you can tell more about a film by the length than any other statistic -- the ones that clock in at exactly 1:25 are usually done on the cheap, intended to be sold to TV right away).

It might not win any Oscars but it is solid entertainment with no hiccoughs or offbeat moments.

For this reviewer, the oddest thing was identifying the "glue." In every story there is a character that the audience comes to identify with, and the actions of this key character often set the tone for how the audience will respond to the whole story.

What was interesting here is that the "glue" was Marisa Tomei, who is both the conscience and the heart of the film -- yet she does not have as much camera time as some of the other characters. She does an outstanding job of grounding the story, from beginning to end.

Highly recommended.


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