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Spare Parts -- Four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, Arizona form a robotics club with their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition.
Spare Parts -- 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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Spare Parts -- 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.
Spare Parts -- 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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Writers:
Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by)
Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 June 2015 (Mexico) See more »
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Tagline:
It takes a team to build a dream
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Heartwarming and Inspirational See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

George Lopez ... Fredi Cameron

Marisa Tomei ... Gwen Kolinsky

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ms. Karen Lowry

Carlos PenaVega ... Oscar Vazquez

José Julián ... Lorenzo Santillan (as Jose Julian)

David Del Rio ... Cristian Arcega
Oscar Javier Gutierrez II ... Luis Aranda (as Oscar Gutierrez)
Alessandra Rosaldo ... Mrs. Vazquez

J.R. Villarreal ... Hector

Aubrey K. Miller ... Maddy Kolinsky (as Aubrey Miller)

Kevin Wiggins ... Barrows

Alexa PenaVega ... Karla
J.P. Murrieta ... Male Announcer (as J.R. Murrieta)
Nicole Brady ... Female Announcer
Edward McGinty ... Williams (Judge) (as Ed McGinty)

David House ... Duncan (Judge)

Mia Riverton ... Bank Manager

Travis Armstrong ... Army Man

Steven Michael Quezada ... McGarry

Chris Ranney ... Hardware Cashier

Johnnie Hector ... Store Owner

Esodie Geiger ... Laundry Owner
Ray Aguayo ... Ramiro Santillan

Esai Morales ... Pablo Santillan

Maria Bethke ... Mrs. Arcega

Romi Dias ... Mrs. Aranda

Ross Shaw ... College Boy

Elizabeth Small ... Lizzy

Erik Gonzales ... Asher
Frank Andrade ... Teen Boy

Amber Midthunder ... Nikki

Casey Messer ... Attractive Shopper

Sherman Allen ... Awards MC

Stafford Douglas ... MIT Boy
Gerardo Ortiz ... Gerry
Keynan Mickens ... Color Guard

Sean McNamara ... Fuzzy Wolf (as Sean Patrick McNamara)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Blackburn ... Dad (uncredited)

Paul Caster ... Competition Judge (uncredited)
Jon McGarrah ... Michigan Team Coach (uncredited)

Julianne Medina ... Cristian's Sister (uncredited)
Ronald Mizrahi ... Coach Duke U (uncredited)
Will Ontiveros ... Teacher (uncredited)

Johnny Palomarez Jr. ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Akshay Patel ... Student (uncredited)

Alexander Daniel Pimentel ... Stanford Coach (uncredited)
Jaime Powers ... Flash Photographer (uncredited)
Damon Somers ... Green Team Contender (uncredited)
Louise Stange-Wahl ... Spectator (uncredited)
Kaelee Vigil ... Student (uncredited)
Barry R. White ... Faculty Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean McNamara 
 
Writing credits
Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by)

Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)

Produced by
David Alpert .... producer
Ronald Bass .... co-producer (as Ron Bass)
Jennifer Booth .... co-producer (as Jennifer L. Booth)
Rick Jacobs .... producer
Leslie Kolins Small .... producer
George Lopez .... producer
Lawrence Mattis .... executive producer
James M. McNamara .... executive producer (as James McNamara)
Sean McNamara .... executive producer
Ben Odell .... producer (as Benjamin Odell)
Paul Michael Perez .... co-producer
Fernando Peréz Galiván .... executive producer
Paul Presburger .... executive producer
Brent Morris .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Andrés Levin 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Wong (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
 
Casting by
J.C. Cantu 
 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Magestro 
 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood 
 
Makeup Department
Gretchen Bright .... makeup department head
Megan Daum .... key hair stylist
Jeri La Shay .... makeup artist
Mary Hedges Lampert .... hair dept. head
Bonnie Masoner .... makeup artist
Reyna Robinson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jennifer Booth .... unit production manager (as Jennifer L. Booth)
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brookwell .... second unit director
Dennis Crow .... first assistant director
Walter E. Myal .... key second assistant director
Sheridan O'Donnell .... first assistant director: second unit
Ann Shimabukuro .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Arnold .... property master
Derrick Ballard .... set designer
Mark Cormack .... assistant property master
Lisa Corradino .... on set dresser
Beth Hansen .... art deparment coordinator
Dylan Kelling .... set dresser
Dale Lotreck .... set dresser
Juan Souter .... leadman
Lucas Stein .... painter
Michael C. Taylor .... construction worker
Joel Waldrep .... graphic design
 
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... sound effects editor
Michael Baird .... sound designer
Benjamin James Bradshaw .... foley mixer
Ryan Briley .... adr & dialogue editor
Krishna Desai .... assistant sound editor
Chris Diebold .... sound effects editor
Isaiah Duncan .... foley editor
Tess Fournier .... assistant sound editor
Steven Iba .... supervising sound editor
Derek McGinley .... adr mixer
Derek McGinley .... sound effects editor
James Miller .... sound effects editor
Andrejs Prokopenko .... sound mixer
Jeffrey Roy .... adr mixer
Lenny Sanchez .... boom sound
Leonard Sanchez .... boom sound
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Sean Cridland .... special effects technician
Margaret Johnson .... special effects foreman
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
Rhonda Paynter .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Belinda Chen .... digital compositor
Benjamin Conner .... motion graphics artist
Shannon Daniell-Segilola .... motion graphics artist
Ken Locsmandi .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Redding .... trailer title: Greenhaus GFX
Dana Shroyer .... visual effects artist
Chris Yi .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Glenn Foster .... stunt coordinator
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Ruben Rivera Laguna .... stunt double
Jay Torrez .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Liza Bambenek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ryan Bushman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Beau Chaput .... camera operator: "b" camera
Beau Chaput .... steadicam operator
Ursula Coyote .... still photographer
Mike D. Fernandez .... lighting technician
Diana Lee Guzman .... electrician
Ian Hanna .... b dolly grip
Isela Martinez .... electrician
Sean McClellan .... gaffer: underwater unit
Stephen Mullen .... gaffer
Evan Nelson .... second assistant camera
Turtle O'Toole .... camera operator
Jason Prentice .... grip
Anthony Rosario .... digital imaging technician
Eric Steinig .... dolly grip
Mike Warren .... best boy grip
 
Casting Department
Jo Edna Boldin .... casting: New Mexico
Elizabeth Gabel .... extras casting director
Marie A. Kohl .... casting associate
Lorrie Latham .... extras casting assistant
Travis Zahodnik .... casting assistant
Madeleine Lauve .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pilar Agoyo .... seamstress
Stefanie Cytron .... costume assistant
Darryl Garcia Jr. .... set costumer
Katie L. Murphy .... key costumer
Aura Sperling Pierce .... key set costumer
Brenda Yanez .... costume production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Michael Bryant .... assistant digital intermediate producer
Jeff Canavan .... additional editor
Eileen Godoy .... digital intermediate producer
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
Tom Reiser .... digital colorist
Andre Rivas .... assistant digital colorist
Charlize Toratani .... assistant editor
Shawn Wayman .... editorial post-production assistant
 
Location Management
Cyndy McCrossen .... location scout
Erik Torrez .... assistant location manager
Justin T. Williams .... location manager
 
Music Department
Carter Armstrong .... Executive In Charge Of Music
Amy Baer .... composer: additional music
Michelle Bayer .... music clearance: Clearances for music has no enemies
Andrés Levin .... soundtrack songs producer (as Andres Levin)
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Joshua Minyard .... music editor
Filip Mitrovic .... composer: theme song
Ben Zebelman .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Doraifay Estrada .... driver
Dart Hardiman .... transportation
Andrew Kapuscinski .... transportation
Mike McKenny .... transportation
Mitchell J. Neri .... transportation captain
Jade Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Walter J. Russell .... driver
 
Other crew
Morgan Aavang .... robot fabrication
Andrew P. Aguilar .... key set production assistant
Martin Carranza Alvarez .... robot consultant
James Belser .... production assistant
Allan Cameron .... robot consultant
Geoff Clark .... robot design/fabrication
Livia Corona .... photo
Sergio Corral .... r.o.v. pilot
Sergio Corral .... robot consultant
Rachel Dworkin .... set medic
Borna Emami .... robot consultant
Parham Emami .... robot fabrication
Jim Forbes .... robot consultant
Steve Forbes .... robot consultant
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... production coordinator: Santa Barbara Unit
Colin Garza .... production assistant
Anna Kongs .... craft service assistant
Rolf Konstad .... robot consultant
Bijan Antonio Lajvardi .... robot consultant
Faridodin Lajvardi .... robot consultant
Dave Lehleitner .... production assistant
Crystal McAlerney .... production coordinator
Romulo Mena .... production assistant
Norina Morales .... first assistant accountant (as Norina Michele Morales)
Alex Neuperger .... robot fabrication
Erica Neuperger .... robot design/fabrication
Frank Neuperger .... robot consultant
Andy Ochoa .... assistant production office coordinator
Johnny Palomarez Jr. .... Stand In George Lopez
Chelsea Lynn Peterson .... production assistant
John Portnoy .... main and end titles
Hector Primero .... production assistant
Citlali Quintana .... clearance coordinator
Jeff Rojo .... robot fabrication
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Diserae Sanders .... robot builder
Marcus Schaller .... robot fabrication
Cristina Segovia .... additional voices
Ryan Spalding .... production assistant
Juan Torres Jr. .... security gaffer
Brenden Wedner .... production assistant
Rebecca L. Wilson .... stand in: Jamie Lee Curtis
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some language and violence
Runtime:
114 min
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Certification:
Mexico:B | Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #49327)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In real life, the Explorer division of the competition was not dominated by private universities, as in the movie. In fact, it consisted of four high schools (including Carl Hayden), four community colleges, two public universities, and MIT.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the beginning of the movie, after Christian gets punched in the stomach he is asked if he is okay by Luis. As Luis walks away you hear him say "careful" but his mouth is closed.See more »
Quotes:
Awards MC:Okay folks, everybody take your seats please.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dip CheckSee more »

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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Heartwarming and Inspirational, 24 January 2015

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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