Pulling Strings (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Pulling Strings
The movie boasts an understated sweetness, largely fueled by Camil's movie-star charms. He's the kind of performer who doesn't have to work hard to win over an audience; he is instantly likable. In a movie like this, that's money in the bank.
This entertaining crossover vehicle for Mexican star Jaime Camil sets a familiar love story to a mariachi beat.
Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.
This bilingual romantic comedy is overly long and has a paper-thin plot, but it's too sweet-natured to dislike.
Audience Reviews for Pulling Strings
Not even my crush on Jaime Camil could really save this one, though that's not to say it was unenjoyable... If you're looking for a romantic comedy with an attractive male lead interested in a woman who at least cares about more than just romance you won't be disappointed at least. Unfortunately everybody but the male lead comes across as pretty flat and emotionless, Rachael could have been interesting but everybody around her is so one dimensional it takes away from her. Anyhow, I don't know, it's fairly run of the mill if not forgettable. If it had been more romantic or perhaps funnier, or you know what, just less cliche (re: single dad who can't raise a kid on his own without a 'woman's touch,' busy-business woman who can't see anything beyond business, gangster who is owed money, child who is totally content with whatever, hijinks from the bumbling friends, inevitable romance despite shady circumstances...etc), it might have actually shined.
Pulling Strings is a decent Mexican film that has a lot going for it but never maximizes on its full potential. Jamie Camil gives a great performance but the film never really grabs any heart strings or connects on any type of emotional level with the viewer. A shame as the potential for a great comedy or even a good romance was there.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Being first generation Mexican American and bilingual, it made it easier to follow and understand cultural references. many funny and touching moments. Might have done better if there was better chemistry between the main characters, but otherwise the cat was great. Ending could have been better executed.
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