Esai Morales

'Spare Parts' cobbles together a crowd-pleaser

'Spare Parts' cobbles together a crowd-pleaser

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 when it comes to hitting all the requisite crowd-pleasing chords.

Based on a Wired magazine article by Joshua Davis about a quartet of undocumented Latino high school students in Phoenix who entered an underwater robotics competition, director Sean McNamara's film is impressively buoyed by a cast of young newcomers and seasoned pros.

Playing an out-of-work engineer who takes a temporary teaching job, George Lopez soon finds himself mentoring a group of seemingly unlikely...

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