Spare Parts

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Spare Parts is effective enough to do in a pinch for inspirational sports drama fans - although most of them will have seen these story beats hit more powerfully before.

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With the help of their high school's newest teacher (George Lopez), four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they have no experience, the youths set their sights on a national robotics contest. With $800 and parts scavenged from old cars, they build a robot and compete against reigning champion MIT. Along the way, the students learn not only how to build a robot but something far more important: how to forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

Cast & Crew

George Lopez
Fredi Cameron
Carlos Pena
Oscar
José Julián
Lorenzo
Oscar Guitierrez
Luis
Esai Morales
Mr. Santillan
Alessandra Rosaldo
Oscar's Mother
Elissa Matsueda
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Ben Odell
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Juan Fernando Pérez Gavilán
Executive Producer
Paul Presburger
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James McNamara
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Critic Reviews for Spare Parts

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (14)

  • Though based on a Wired magazine story, this sticks closely to the formulas of inspirational-teacher and sports-team dramas; distinguishing it from the pack is the fact that all four students who formed the club were undocumented.

    January 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Sequences and scenes end unceremoniously, everyone in the movie seems to know each other's backstory before they're properly introduced, and mild jokes land with uncertainty.

    January 20, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Spare Parts tries too hard to be a based-on-a-true-story, feel-good, crowd-pleasing, triumph-of-the-underdogs movie.

    January 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • While the appropriately titled "Spare Parts" might feel like it has been assembled from bits and pieces of other inspirational movies, that doesn't mean the fact-based drama is any less effective ...

    January 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight.

    January 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Despite its clunkier elements, Matsueda's screenplay is alert to details that ground the film in the day-to-day lives of young people who are American in every way but technically.

    January 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spare Parts

  • May 24, 2015
    Based on a true story. This tells the tale of a group of Hispanic students who are shunned as no hopers and how they conquer robotics against the likes of MIT. Superb performances with genuine heart and emotion. I loved it.
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