Thursday, July 31, 2014


Instructions Not Included /No Se AceptanDevoluciones is the story of Valentin, a playboy whose life changes overnite. In the middle of a love triangle, he answers a knock at the door. Standing in the doorway is an old girlfriend with a baby girl in her arms. The expression on Valentin's face says it all. She places the baby in his arms and rushes to catch a cab. Now, he’s a single dad with no clue what to do with a baby!

Eugenio Derbez (Valentin) and Loreto Peralta as six-year-old Maggie are a talented duo. In a couple of scenes they are wearing matching father-daughter outfits. The movie is filled with surprises. First, Valentin bonds with the baby by jumping from a ten story building into a pool to rescue her. With that leap, his life as a stuntman begins. He has to face his fears with every jump, but it’s worth the income and the time he gets to spend with his little girl.

Instructions Not Included is one of the top five most successful foreign films in U. S. history.  The story twists and turns and keeps you guessing right up until the very end. Derbez,  co-writer, director and star of the film, exhibits a full gamut of emotions throughout. His face is fascinating to watch!  

If you like Instructions Not Included, check out It's Not You, It's Me (No Eres Tu, Soy Yo), also at the Virginia Beach Public Library.I laughed all the way through the movie. And here's a hint: if you like dogs, you will like this comedy.

Derbez plays a cardiovascular surgeon jilted by his wife only a week after their wedding. Wallowing in self-pity, he drives everyone around him crazy, including his best friend, his in-laws, his parent, his co-workers and even his psychiatrist! I recommend both Instructions Not Included and It's Not You, It's Me. Both are in Spanish with English subtitles.

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