I’ll start off this post by just telling you to go see this movie.
Go see this movie.
Yes, it’s in Spanish. You will have to read the subtitles. But it is worth it.
Instructions Not Included (Spanish, 2013, PG-13) is a charming comedy directed by and starring Eugenio Derbez, who is a well known comedian in Mexico. Valentin (Eugenio Derbez) is a young man who spends his days wooing beautiful tourists in Mexico until one returns to abandon his baby daughter on his doorstep. He rushes to Los Angeles searching for the baby’s mother, Julie (Jessica Lindsey), only to end up staying in LA after finding work as a Hollywood stuntman.
The movie cleverly shows the passing of time as daughter Maggie (Loreto Peralta) grows to age 7, and he grows in his skills as a father. He has built a beautiful life for Maggie, although unconventional and imaginative. All is well until Julie, Maggie’s mother, returns and wants to be a part of their lives.
The movie is funny and a little outrageous with the Hollywood stuntman scenes, but not too much. Throughout the film Valentin’s only concern is for his daughter’s welfare, and it is lovely to see how he cares for her. When they go to court, that is the only time the movie comedy is borderline stupid.
The serious issue of the movie is, who is best for this little girl? Watch it, reading along in English, and see the way star Eugenio Derbez answers the question. Fun movie!
- “Instructions Not Included” finds success beyond the Hispanic community (kimberlyavalos.wordpress.com)
- “Instructions” beats “Pan’s Labyrinth” as top grossing Spanish Language film (panarmenian.net)
- An Interesting Movie (dianaq520.wordpress.com)