Pulling Strings (2013)

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Rachel is an intelligent modern day woman constantly on the move. Primarily focused on her career as a diplomatic consul for the U.S. embassy, she's literally lived her life on the move, globetrotting from city to city. Currently working in Mexico City and set to leave for London, Rachel's world turns upside down on the eve of her own goodbye party when she gets drunk and passes out on the street. Saved by Alejandro, a handsome Mariachi singer and single father, Rachel wakes up in his apartment with no recollection of how she got there. Nor does she remember that she rejected his visa the day before, which he desperately needs for his daughter. Romance unexpectedly blossoms between the two, but either sparks or fists will fly after she finds out his secret.
Rating: PG (for language and brief smoking)
Genre: Comedy , Drama
Directed By: Pitipol Ybarra
Written By: Gabriel Ripstein , Oscar Orlando Torres , Issa López , Georgina Riedel , Oscar Torres , Georgina Garcia Riedel
In Theaters: limited
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Lionsgate Films - Official Site

Cast

Jaime Camil
as Alejandro
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Arizona Republic
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This entertaining crossover vehicle for Mexican star Jaime Camil sets a familiar love story to a mariachi beat.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Variety
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Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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This bilingual romantic comedy is overly long and has a paper-thin plot, but it's too sweet-natured to dislike.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Village Voice
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Sweet subtitled romcom hinges on night of drinking.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Common Sense Media

Pulling Strings isn't particularly sharp as either a comedy or a romance.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Paste Magazine

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.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

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.

Georgina Becerra
Georgina Becerra

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