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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.

Director:

Pitipol Ybarra

Writers:

Georgina Garcia Riedel (screenplay) (as Georgina Riedel), Issa López (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime Camil ... Alejandro
Laura Ramsey ... Rachel
Omar Chaparro ... Canicas
Aurora Papile Aurora Papile ... Carol
Renata Ybarra Renata Ybarra ... Maria
Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitlán Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitlán ... Alejandro's Mariachi Band
Stockard Channing ... Virginia
Tom Arnold ... Art
Roberto Sosa ... Hapi
Carlos Macias Carlos Macias ... Neron
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... Cosme
Emilio Guerrero ... Don Gus
Juan Pablo Gil Juan Pablo Gil ... Manolo
Luis Fernando Peña ... Max
María del Carmen Farias ... School Principal
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor a Primera Visa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,500,000, 6 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,823,487, 15 November 2013
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Color
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Trivia

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

Las tapatías
Written by Antonio Garcia Isaac (as Antonio García Isaac)
Performed by Mexican Music Library
Published by Penthouse Music Studio S.A. de C.V.
Courtesy of Penthouse Music Studio S.A. de C.V.
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Beautiful love story!
17 October 2013 | by shamseeSee all my reviews

I am shocked at low rating on IMDb. I don't usually dish out high ratings easily so for me this was a winner hands down. I have been hoping to see a movie that is entertaining, sweet, romantic and fun, and this was all of that and more.

For anyone who is an immigrant to US the movie will bring back some memories. The moment of "Yay" vs. "Nay" when facing the immigration officer is stressful and memorable one for most. That however is just the premise to launch into some sweet and fun comedic adventure.

I wish there was more of a pleasant culture shock highlighted in the movie. Yeah the people were nice and Tostadas from a small stand were good, and common use of Mariachis was fun, but there could have been many more opportunities to endear the audience to best of Mexico's culture.

The way people interact there was captured beautifully. People were not as uptight and bit more warm and friendly. Friends would do anything for each other, and how with little that some have, how much more happy they can be with that than so many people who have lot more and aren't. None of this was specifically highlighted, but was there to see for anyone paying attention.

In the end movie is just an excuse for romantic, cute, comedic love story and it delivers completely satisfying and enjoyable experience.

The best moment for me was the senior couple sitting next to me in the movie theater. When in the end, the Hero is begging the girl for another chance, couple sitting next to me answered in unison with an emphatic "yes" with both hands extended towards the screen!

If this movie can't find a place in audiences hearts, then we have a problem....and it is not the movie!


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