Spare Parts (2015)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Fredi Cameron
as Mr. Santillan
as Oscar Vazquez
as Cristian Arcega
as Luis Arranda
as Lorenzo Santillan
as Mrs. Vazquez
Critic Reviews for Spare Parts
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.
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.
Spare Parts tries too hard to be a based-on-a-true-story, feel-good, crowd-pleasing, triumph-of-the-underdogs movie.
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 ...
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.
Audience Reviews for Spare Parts
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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