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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)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The real Oscar Vazquez is now a BNSF Railroad locomotive foreman in Glendive, Montana, hired as part of BNSF's Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) Program. See more »

Goofs

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

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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 »

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

Soundtracks

You're Not The Only One
Written by Andrés Levin (as Andres Levin), Claudia Brant
Performed by Frankie J. (as Frankie J)
Published by Peermusic III, Ltd. obo Peermusic Espanola S.A. and Peermadrid Levin (SGAE), Universal Musica, Inc. on behalf of itself and Songs of Saraswati (ASCAP)
Produced by Andrés Levin (as Andres Levin)
Co-produced by Illfactor
Courtesy of Universal Music Latino
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Standard feel good story
21 April 2017 | by jb_campoSee all my reviews

Spare Parts closely mimics Disney's McFarland. A group of high school kids get tutored by an outsider who comes into their community. They exceed expectations, compete against a rich, white community, and overachieve with no budget or support. McFarland used running, while Spare Parts used science. They even had the same scene where the kids go to California, never saw an ocean, and go jumping around in it. Plus the star gets a non-immigrant girlfriend.

Despite this obvious borrowing of plot, the story succeeds because of the strong acting from George Lopez as the teacher, Marisa Tomei as a counselor, and Jamie Lee Curtis as the hilarious principal.

The bottom line is again that these kids have no shot at success. They have no papers, illegals. But somehow they get inspired to try to make something from basically nothing. They are smart, and tough, but they need a chance.

The movie states that it is based on a true story, and the end credits show real pictures of the real people, like is done in so many based-on-true-story movies.

I liked Spare Parts, but I think McFarland was better, perhaps because of Kevin Costner's role having more body to it, vs George Lopez, whose character never got fully developed enough to make you feel more for him. At any rate, for a feel good movie, Spare Parts will give you good feelings, so I recommend it. Enjoy.


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Release Date:

5 June 2015 (Mexico) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,335,768, 18 January 2015

Gross USA:

$3,618,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,701,281
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2.35 : 1
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