Instructions Not Included - A Movie for My Mom and I
I was excited to go because it was a rare occurrence that my mom had an interest in a movie, she often waits for films to come out on DVD so that she can enjoy them in the comfort of her home. It also helped that the movie was in Spanish, which would make it so that my mom would fully understand the movie and its plot.
The movie directed and started by Eugenio Derbez, a Mexican actor, comedian and director. Someone that I grew up watching on television, a funny talented actor that at times could border crude and a bit nasty. I was interested on how this movie would play out in an American audience.
Not to go into any real detail of the film, the basics are as follows: Valentin Bravo played by Derbez is a Mexican beachside playboy who gets his life changed when he's left in the care of his infant baby girl Maggie played by the outstanding nine year old Loreto Peralta. Valentin’s life gets picked up as Maggie and him set off to find her mother in Los Angeles California.
To me it was not about the films jokes it was about the chemistry that one felt between Maggie and Valentin. I saw real change and transformation in these roles. They connected to me on a different level I sat in that movie theater along side my mother who was also left to raise a child (me) all by herself. As we watched the film progress, I felt as if I understood a lot of what my mom had to face while raising me the best way she knew how as mother and at times as a father figure.
It made me proud to be the man that I am, being very aware that things could have gone bad for me in my life. I use to find myself wondering what my life would have been like if I had a father in my life, and this film showed me that life is far too short to sit and wonder what could have been.
As we sat there after the movie was over, my mom tearing up like almost everyone in the theater did. It was as if we had taken a liquid remedy that made me forget that I never had a father growing up. My mom did the best that she could do with what she had, all for me, all so that I could have a better life even if it had to be without a father.
The film is great Mexican movie making. I have read reviews on it so mixed some hating on the movie because of its lazy jokes and the overacting on behalf of the supporting actors, but to me this movie will always remind me of what it is to be a parent and sacrifice for your children.
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