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Pulling Strings (2013)

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After a night of drinking, Rachel (Laura Ramsey), a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she's saved by Alejandro (Jaime Camil), a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before - by Rachel.

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Pitipol Ybarra

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

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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 ... Manolo
Luis Fernando Peña ... Max
María del Carmen Farias ... School Principal
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Rachel (Laura Ramsey) 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 (Jaime Camil), 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.

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Comedy | Romance

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

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Director Pitipol 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 and actresses. See more »

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At the beginning of the story, Rachel demonstrates sufficient Spanish skills to hold conversations with immigration applicants, yet during the rest of the film Alejandro and Canicas speak freely in front of her without being understood. See more »

Quotes

Alejandro: My dad said "Life beats you, but some people beg for it."
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Que manera de perder
Written by Cuco Sánchez (as Jose del Refugio (Cuco) Sanchez)
Performed by Omar Chaparro
Published by Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional S.A. de C.V. (EMMI)
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A VERY unlikely romance, that's for sure! Just be sure to watch it with someone you love.
28 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Would you like a nice date night flick? Look no further than "Pulling Strings"! It's sweet and clever and is a great prelude to a night of good lovin'!

Jaime Camil stars as Alejandro, a professional Mariachi singer living in Mexico City. He knows this isn't the best life, as he's also a widower trying to raise his young daughter, so he wants to visit family in the States and leave his daughter with them. However, his request for a VISA was denied by a US Embassy bureaucrat who barely gave him a chance.

A short time later, this same bureaucrat, Rachel (Laura Ramsey) has been promoted and her coworkers throw a big party for her...complete with a Mariachi band. Well, like you expect in a movie, Alejandro happens to be the singer and during the course of the evening, Rachel gets totally smashed. In fact, when Alejandro leaves the party to go home, he finds her asleep on a bench at a bus stop...definitely not a good idea anywhere but a horrible idea in Mexico City! Alejandro is a good guy and tries to help by calling her a cab. But she is so drunk, he can't even find out where she lives, so he brings her home. When she awakens, she is not surprisingly shocked to find herself in a strange man's apartment...she is also shocked to find that her boss' computer, which he gave her for safekeeping, is missing...and she had it with her at the bus stop! So nice-hearted Alejandro takes her across Mexico City looking for it....and the city is one of the biggest cities in the world! So what's to come of all this? See the film.

This is a highly unusual film because it's not so much a Mexican film with some Americans in it or vice-versa. It's more like an American cast and a Mexican cast being brought together for a movie....and it works very well. Plus, it gives you a nice look at the Mexicans in this mega-city...warts and all. Very sweet, very original and, at times, very romantic. Well worth your time.


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Mexico

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (Mexico) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,467,168, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$5,842,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,725,819
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