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Instructions Not Included (2013)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Valentin (Eugenio Derbez) is Acapulco's resident playboy-until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby's mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie (Loreto Peralta). An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood's top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Guillermo Ríos, Leticia López Margalli

Jan 21, 2014

$44.5M

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The film's counterintuitive success is largely due to Derbez, who demonstrates why he is beloved, both south and north of the border.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's a lot of movie here with unexpected developments, held together by the irresistible chemistry between Derbez and his adorable pint-sized co-star.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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"Instructions Not Included" is a sweet little movie that is more than it seems to be.

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Surprisingly touching father/daughter story. Humor and heart make a winning combination.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

It's not a great film, but for what it wants to do, it's a decent diversion.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Unevenly handled, slurrying emotions in a way that feels careless rather than cleverly unconventional.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Mix of comedy and tragedy in Mexican dad-daughter tale.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Overlong, overly broad and overly familiar. But not without its charms

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A sloppy melange of unpersuasive melodrama, amateurish mugging, unfunny comedy and mawkish sentimentality.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

'Instructions Not Included' is definitely not light on its feet. But despite its flaws, it's effective in the end. (Full Parental Review also available)

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Derbez, who also directed the film, gives the movie a strong core through his expressive face.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

It doesn't transition smoothly between comedy and drama, and the constant mugging of Derbez becomes as tiresome as his character's lack of common sense.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Alternately and creepily plays toward young children and horny adults.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
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Audience Reviews for Instructions Not Included

Life doesn't care if you're ready.

Good Film! Excellent performance from Derbez and the little girl. It's one of those movies that you go out happy to have seen! Congratulations to Derbez, great job! Currently the Mexican films are giving very pleasant surprises for the audience, which in many times have not believed in the talent and scope of this new generation of filmmakers, this movie is going to win many awards and you will see that. At first I thought I would see a movie more than the classic that the mother will take away the kids from the father but no, this story is amazing.

Valentin is Acapulco's resident playboy, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Leaving Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby's mother, Valentin ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood's top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie's birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he's in danger of losing his daughter - and his best friend.
February 26, 2014
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Manu Gino

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It wasn't sure what it wanted to be, and I wasn't sure what it was.
June 5, 2014
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Jared H

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    1. Valentin: I'll always carry with me the memory of the two great loves of my life, the first showed me how to be prepared to face life, and second, they showed me how they face life without preparation.
    – Submitted by José C (7 months ago)
    1. Valentin: Because you are different.
    – Submitted by Gabby A (10 months ago)
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