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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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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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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

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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Delightful but ore than anything enlightening
12 June 2014 | by chismeshopSee all my reviews

Spanish Bilinguals Only: Do you watch movies with subtitles on or off? I often watch movies that Hispanic Filmmakers make and force Luzette Portillo to watch them with me. Usually her choice is Horror films , foreign or domestic, but I love Romantic Comedies so I leave subtitles on so that she can keep up with the plot. It usually distracts me, because I want to read vs listen. So sometimes I feel like I lost something in the translation. Today I took the subtitles off and watched this film as it was recorded. I am so happy I did , because both languages were spoken. I could familiarize with the day to day chores and switching languages back and forth on a whim depending on the place, person or situation I find myself in. This really was a nice surprise. I felt very comfortable watching the film and wonder if Non- Spanish speakers would find it as funny as us who understand Spanish and English. Tom Arnold, Stockard Channing (Rizo, from GREASE) guest star in this hilarious comedy about a Mariachi man wanting to get a VISA to send his daughter to the U.S. It enlightens us who wonder why people take a chance and cut through the red tape of doing it legally. The movie doesn't focus too much on the immigration issue. That makes the film even more delightful to see that not all Mexicans want to be in the U.S. Mexico City does have a big population and they are not all climbing the wall to come here. Hope you take time to watch this movie. The happy ending is not what you would expect and romantic comedies tend to be predictable, this one is not!


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