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  • Summary: Alejandro (Jaime Camil) and his loyal best friend Canicas (Omar Chaparro) are hardworking mariachi singers looking for fame in Mexico City. More than just a mariachi, Alejandro has a second full time job - he's a single dad. When Alejandro tries to secure a visa for his young daughter to visit her grandparents in the U.S. Alejandro's request is flatly denied by a young embassy worker, Rachel (Laura Ramsey). Later that evening, Alejandro and Canicas run into Rachel while playing a gig - which turns out to be a celebration of her promotion to a post in London. Alejandro seizes the coincidental encounter as a chance to change her mind on his rejected visa, and with Canicas by his side; they whisk her into an unforgettable adventure. [Lionsgate] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    Appealing performances and a not always predictable storyline help elevate Pulling Strings above the run-of-the-mill rom-com.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Oct 3, 2013
    70
    Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.
  3. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Oct 9, 2013
    70
    It’s not that this slight, good-natured comedy is going to set the world on fire. But the movie boasts an understated sweetness, largely fueled by Camil’s movie-star charms.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 5, 2013
    60
    A lightly engaging bilingual trifle that benefits greatly from the charm of lead player Jaime Camil, a Mexican TV and film star who evidences smooth self-assurance at the wheel of what could be his crossover vehicle.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 11, 2013
    60
    A slight but sweet effort that serves as an excellent showcase for its Mexican star, Jaime Camil. The effortlessly charismatic performer delivers a winning performance in this romantic comedy that somehow manages to work despite its endless contrivances.
  6. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Oct 2, 2013
    50
    The film is absolutely charming if a bit too predictable and glued more to sit-com narrative strategies and aesthetics than is healthy.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 2, 2013
    50
    Though it is funnier and out-charms “Tio Papi,” it lacks the whimsy, magical realism and kid-friendly sentiment of the sleeper hit, “Instructions Not Included.”

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