No se aceptan devoluciones (Instructions Not Included) (2013)
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Critic Reviews for No se aceptan devoluciones (Instructions Not Included)
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.
Derbez, even as a debutant filmmaker, shows his solid formation in movies and proves himself as an able narrator. [Full Review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for No se aceptan devoluciones (Instructions Not Included)
"Cha! Cha!" This is what the main character had to tell himself whenever he was in a scary situation and needed courage, and it's also what I had to tell myself to fight through to the end of this movie. No Se Aceptan Devoluciones (Instructions Not Included) is a Spanish-language film about a man who finds out he has a daughter when the mom abandons her at his place, and he has to become a father quickly. This movie had some nice moments. The chemistry between the dad and the daughter (who did great, by the way) worked for this movie. The message of the film about facing your fears was a nice thought. It's all downhill from there. The story was all over the place as far as pacing and logic. Almost every actor must have been told to really sell it, because there was a lot of overacting. The humor didn't land with me; it was all a bunch of poorly-written sex jokes and pop culture references. Also, this movie did not need to be a full 2 hours. Basically, this movie plays out like a Hallmark Channel original film. If you enjoy movies where you can just turn your brain off and enjoy the feels, you might like this. However, if you want substance in your storytelling, avoid that play button.
It wasn't sure what it wanted to be, and I wasn't sure what it was.
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.
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