Instructions Not Included (2013)
Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 7
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1
Average Rating: 4.5/5
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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
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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.
This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act.
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.
"Instructions Not Included" is a sweet little movie that is more than it seems to be.
Surprisingly touching father/daughter story. Humor and heart make a winning combination.
It's not a great film, but for what it wants to do, it's a decent diversion.
Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden.
Unevenly handled, slurrying emotions in a way that feels careless rather than cleverly unconventional.
Overlong, overly broad and overly familiar. But not without its charms
A sloppy melange of unpersuasive melodrama, amateurish mugging, unfunny comedy and mawkish sentimentality.
Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast.
'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)
Derbez, who also directed the film, gives the movie a strong core through his expressive face.
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.
Audience Reviews for Instructions Not Included
- 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.
- Valentin: Because you are different.
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