Movie Review - Instructions Not Included (No se Aceptan Devoluciones)

Cindy Tracy

This is a 2013 Mexican comedy directed by and starring Eugenio Derbez, though the young Loreto Peralta, perfectly bilingual, really steals the show. Like the French "Trois Hommes et un Couffin" - a wild batchelor gets stuck with a baby from an old flame. He ends up in the U.S., trying to find the mother, and literally falls into a career as a stuntman. There are twists and unexpected turns which surprise you at the end. The acting is well done and there are hilarious moments and touching moments. In terms of whether or not it is school appropriate, it is rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic elements and language - there is a lot of kissing between Valentin and a variety of women in the beginning, all clothed, though usually in a skimpy bikini. There is a little bad language (the "f" word once) and after one stunt, you see Valentin's rear burned through his pants. The serious subject of divorce, parenting, etc. are brought up. Americans speak Spanish as well as native Mexicans and you can choose English or Spanish subtitles. Be sure and don't miss this film - Instructions Not Included"

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