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Instructions Not Included (2013)

No se aceptan devoluciones (original title)
PG-13 | | 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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Eugenio Derbez
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrés Vázquez Andrés Vázquez ... Valentín niño
Hugo Stiglitz ... Johnny Bravo
Eugenio Derbez ... Valentín
Leia Freitas Leia Freitas ... Amante Brasileña
Ángela Moreno Ángela Moreno ... Amante Dominicana
Gilda Gentile Gilda Gentile ... Amante Argentina
Nancy Taira Nancy Taira ... Amante Oriental
Jessica Lindsey ... Julie
Sammy Pérez Sammy Pérez ... Sammy
Arcelia Ramírez ... Judeisy
Agustín Bernal ... Lupe
Gregg Lucas Gregg Lucas ... Agente migración
Roger Cudney ... Abogado Julie
Migael Penix Migael Penix ... Portero hotel L.A.
Daniel Raymont ... Frank Ryan
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Storyline

Valentin is Acapulco's resident playboy womanizer, until a former fling, a young American named Julie, 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, Julie, shows up out of the blue after six years after turning her own life around and wants full custody of Maggie, and Valentin realizes he's in danger of losing his daughter - and his best friend. Written by Pantaleon Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life doesn't care if you're ready.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instructions Not Included See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,846,426, 1 September 2013

Gross USA:

$44,467,206

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,083,228
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Loreto Peralta applied for the casting after a friend of her mother told her that Eugenio Derbez was looking for a girl pretty much like her daughter via social networks. See more »

Quotes

Maggie: [Performing a ritual with a charm after a stunt] No fall, nor wound, nor aching head... can stop this charm from bringing you back from the dead!
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Connections

Remade as Não Se Aceitam Devoluções (2018) See more »

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Come Fly With Me
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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My Very First Hispanic Movie
8 September 2013 | by achaninusaSee all my reviews

I don't speak Spanish and I do not know any Hispanics, so I had my doubts before attending my first Hispanic movie. That said, I enjoyed the acting thoroughly, I enjoyed the plot and I enjoyed the directing. I am sure I've missed out on the subtleties and nuances, but that's OK, I'll probably go back and watch it again.

Both Derbez as Valentin and Paralta as Maggie ( the Hispanic relatives thought she was named after a "sauce" ) showed impressive histrionic and expensive emotional range to play in this genre, little was lost in translation thanks to the acting from these two.

I'd like to follow the career path of these two actors.

The first ten minutes of the movie with Derbez as the playboy was a bit cheesy, the rest of the movie made up for that.

Lindsey's role as Julie couldn't have been easy but she did a credible job as the cold-hearted ice-lady. Her "boy friend" ( Maggie: She's your boyfriend? :D ), Renee was cut from the same clothe, pretty callous.

Then the bonding grew between Valentine and Maggie, they are the brilliant sunshine that preceded and hid the brewing storm cloud. I don't want to give away too much of the plot.

Go see the movie, you might enjoy it as much as I did.

Bravo, da capo!


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