• Spare Parts (2015)

Spare Parts

Release Date: January 16th, 2015

DVD Release Date: May 5th, 2015

PG-13 |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

With the help of their high school's newest teacher (George Lopez), four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they have no experience, the youths set their sights on a national robotics contest. With $800 and parts scavenged from old cars, they build a robot and compete against reigning champion MIT. Along the way, the students learn not only how to build a robot but something far more important: how to forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

Cast: George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Pena, Marisa Tomei, David Del Rio, José Julián, Alexa PenaVega, Oscar Guitierrez

Director: Sean McNamara

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: Travieso Prods., Circle of Confusion

Distributors: Lionsgate Films, Pantelion Films

Keywords: 2010s, Charming, Creative, Mother, Pursuit, Judge, Office, Emotional, School

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Tirdad DerakhshaniPhiladelphia Inquirer

    At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives. show more

  • 60
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The immigration-themed messages of acceptance and encouragement are clearly spelled out, often in heavy-handed fashion, and an overriding blandness mutes the drama. But there’s also something apt in the straightforward telling of the against-the-odds adventure. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    If “Stand and Deliver” struck many as a hard-hitting look at life in the urban ghetto, Spare Parts seems like a Disney after-school special by comparison. show more

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