Spare Parts (2015)

By Allison - AV

May 15, 2015

Based on a true story, Spare Parts describes the journey of four undocumented Mexican boys who, with the help of their substitute teacher (George Lopez), enter an underwater robotics competition.  Despite overwhelming odds and an underwhelming budget, Oscar, Christian, Lorenzo, Luis, and “Stinky” (the robot) defeat the reigning champion MIT in this remarkable underdog story.  Throughout the film, the boys are faced with numerous hardships, including the difficulties of attending a poverty-stricken high school, being part of families faced with the danger of deportation, and the issues that come from not having an American birth certificate.  However, the film also highlights the themes of hope, teamwork, and the importance of doing your best, even if the odds are against you.  Overall, Spare Parts was an exceptional, family-friendly film that I would recommend to viewers of all ages.  (Also available at the library is Underwater Dreams, a documentary directed by Mary Mazzio that tells the real story of these boys who accomplish what no one thought was possible.)   Overall Rating:  A

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