Movie Review: Spare Parts

Spare Parts

Release Date: January 16th 2015
Director: Sean McNamara
Producers: George Lopez, David Alpert, Rick Jacobs, Leslie Kolins Smith, Ben Odell
Main Cast: Marisa Tomei, George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Peña, Jose Julian, David Del Rio, Oscar Gutierrez, Alessandra Rosaldo, J.R. Villareal, Aubrey Miller, Alexa Vega, Esai Morales
Genres: Drama
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language and violence
Studio: Pantelion Films

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SPARE PARTS is a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi (GEORGE LOPEZ). 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.

Spare Parts is a film based on the true story of how four high school from Carl Hayden High School competed in, and won, a college-level national robotics competition. The film stars George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei and a fresh faced cast of young actors as the high school students.

It is a GOOD movie. I enjoyed all of it. I grew up in a border town. When the camera opened on a scene of the town with a Latin soundtrack, it could have been my hometown. And the charm of this film is that it could really be any small town, any where. And, better yet, you don't need to have grown up in a small town, or be able to personally identify with this group of students, to appreciate the adversity in the boys' lives and to enjoy the film. The themes are universal... It's a modern day Cinderella story.

These high school students faced just about every challenge possible. They have difficult home lives. The have no resources to fund the competition. They have to avoid being caught by immigration officers. The list goes on and on. But, they don't let any of the adversity stop them. With determination and some well-placed humor, the students persevered.

I appreciated that this film is more about the solutions than the problems. It is more about the possibilities than the limitations. Nowadays, we focus too much on what is wrong with the world to enjoy everything that is right. This film reminds you of what is right. Go see it. I think it's especially good for high school students and families, but anyone who sees it will leave the theater with a smile on their face.

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea that this movie is based on a true story! I participated in a lot of high school academic competitions, so this is right up my memory lane.


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