Spare Parts

2015 PG-13 1h 55m DVD

Spare Parts

2015 PG-13 1h 55m DVD
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The journey of 4 undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition.
George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei, Carlos Pena, Esai Morales, José Julián, David Del Rio, Oscar Gutierrez, Alexa PenaVega, Alessandra Rosaldo
Sean McNamara
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Spanish (Neutral), English
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Spare Parts is based on the true story of an underdog high school in Phoenix that entered a robotics competition against M.I.T. and other universities. Like the documentary Underwater Dreams (which tells the same story), the movie explains how the mostly undocumented Mexican-American students managed, against the odds, to excel in a competition that seemingly favored wealthier, more privileged teams. There's some cursing (mostly in Spanish, with words like "hell" in English), a couple of scenes of adults drinking and teens smoking, some kissing, and a few fist fights. But overall the film is a feel-good starting point for discussions with mature tweens and teens about issues related to class, expectations, and immigration.

Sexual Content

Kisses between two teens; one shot of Oscar with his shirt off as he changes clothes. Miscellaneous high schoolers kiss in the halls.


A high school boy repeatedly bullies a "nerdy" classmate, stealing his money and lunch, stalking him around school, and punching him. A big guy intervenes on the nerdy friend's behalf and gets in a fist fight with the bully. A big brother pushes his younger brother and a friend around to keep them from robbing a convenience store. Two of the Robotics club guys push and shove and have to be separated before getting into a full fight. References to an accident that killed a man's daughter.


Iffy English words include "hell," "damn," and "stupid." Most of the insults are said in Spanish: "Cabron," for example, literally means "goat," but is a crass insult that roughly translates to "a--hole" or even "f--ker" but can also be used among friends. "Pinche" and "pendejo" are also used pretty frequently.

Social Behavior

You don't have to have a lot of money to succeed at a project if you work hard and put your time and effort into it. Even in underprivileged schools, there are bright students who just need a chance to show they can rise to the occasion. Sheds a light on the challenges faced by immigrant and undocumented families.


Blackberry, McDonald's, Hooters, Red Bull, Corona beer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Two adults take shots of tequila together. A father drinks a beer. Teens smoke cigarettes outside school.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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