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Spare Parts (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 June 2015 (Mexico)
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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.

Director:

Sean McNamara

Writers:

Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by), Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 J.P. Murrieta ... Male Announcer (as J.R. Murrieta)
Nicole Brady Nicole Brady ... Female Announcer
Edward McGinty Edward McGinty ... Williams (Judge) (as Ed McGinty)
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Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi. 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. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime. Written by Pantelion Films

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It takes a team to build a dream

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 June 2015 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

La Vida Robot See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$808,022, 23 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,610,933, 1 March 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The MIT robot pictured in the movie is actually Carl Hayden's latest robot, the "Sovereign Falcon". This robot is an unmanned AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). As of this movie's release, Carl Hayden's Falcon Robotics team is competing in the AUVSI / ONR RoboSub competition, a college-dominated competition in which robots must complete tasks without any human control. See more »

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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 »

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Awards MC: Okay folks, everybody take your seats please.
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Dedication: In loving memory of Janet Jacobs 1947 - 2015 See more »

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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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A touching story, with very little from the actors.
27 May 2015 | by RageypooSee all my reviews

I found the rating of this movie to be over reaching. While the cast was an interesting blend, I just didn't feel much of the characters fit. Lopez didn't feel like he connected at all, and many of the scenes were very forced.

I really appreciate that this is a true story, but I felt the acting (or maybe the directing) was just off point. the 5 stars are simply for the story told.

I will say Esai Morales, José Julián, and Marisa Tomei did a pretty good job for their roles, they felt believable. I was surprised that Jamie Lee Curtis went for the role she did, while it was completely believable, there were some parts that had me going "really? ...why would she do that?" Carlos PenaVega was believable but the acting fell short in many cases, again forced emotions and sloppy writing for certain situations. Young actors are often caught posing and much like project almanac, often blank or shy smiling in moments that don't call for it.


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