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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.


Sean McNamara


Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by), Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)
3,735 ( 87)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Chloe Lukasiak auditioned for the role of Maddy but lost it to Aubrey K. Miller. See more »


The team goes shopping at a John Brooks market. There are no John Brooks markets in Santa Barbara California. See more »


Awards MC: Okay folks, everybody take your seats please.
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Crazy Credits

Dedication: In loving memory of Janet Jacobs 1947 - 2015 See more »


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


Written by Diego Traverso, Santiego Marrero, David Stabilito, Esteban Lopez, Nicolas Demczylo
Performed by Sante Les Amis
Published by Bizarro Records (BMI) Admin by Canciones Nacionales
Courtesy of Nacional Records
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sincere and a little funny
12 July 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Many of the kids attending Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix are undocumented immigrants. One of them is Oscar Vazquez (Carlos PenaVega) who is stopped from applying for the Army. Next, he tries to participate in an underwater robotics competition against some of the best schools in the country. Fredi Cameron (George Lopez) reluctantly accepts being the adviser. He's an out-of-work engineer and the new science substitute teacher. Gwen Kolinsky (Marisa Tomei) is the math teacher and Karen Lowry (Jamie Lee Curtis) is the principal. Oscar recruits computer geek Cristian Arcega and Fredi presses mechanic/thief Lorenzo Santillan to join. The four kids in the group are all illegals.

This story is compelling. There may be a little too much melodrama. The family drama and ICE problems are expected. Teacher Cameron's own problems and romantic issues are probably excessive taking away attention from the kids. There is a bit of humor although Lopez is not playing a comedic character. It's a sincere telling of a true story. The competition has some tension although it could be structured better. It's a nice family-friendly story with a timely important issue.

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Release Date:

5 June 2015 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Spare Parts See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,335,768, 18 January 2015

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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