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Pulling Strings Review

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  • 60

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    Variety Joe Leydon

    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.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    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.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Mark Olsen

    Serving mostly as a strong calling card for star Jaime Camil, the film has an appealingly loose, slightly ramshackle charm.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Mary Houlihan

    Appealing performances and a not always predictable storyline help elevate Pulling Strings above the run-of-the-mill rom-com.

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OK for kids 14+

Sweet subtitled romcom hinges on night of drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pulling Strings is a subtitled movie in Spanish that involves a night of excessive drinking at a work party and the ensuing chaos. Expect some sex-related banter and mild profanity ("ass"). The film is otherwise a sweet, upbeat romantic comedy about putting down roots and what it means to really see people, with positive depictions of single fathers (with a deceased mother referenced briefly), family, and friendship, but because of the subtitles, and because the action hinges on a night of partying, it's probably best for older kids.

  • Families can talk about drinking responsibly. Do you think the film showed drinking realistically? What sorts of things go wrong after drinking too much? What might have been a more responsible amount to drink to celebrate?
  • How does the film portray cultural misunderstandings? What assumptions do both groups in the film make about one another, and how do they come to see them as unfair?
  • What kinds of stereotypes does the film work to undo about what it means to be a "good father" or a good provider? How does Alejandro challenge those notions? Do you think society is coming to view fatherhood as more important than it used to be? How so or how not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Pulling Strings offers positive messages about putting down roots, trusting people, friendship, loyalty, and trying to see the person for who they are beyond your assumptions.

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    Role models: Parents are shown as engaged and caring, going to great lengths to understand or protect their children. Friendships are shown as very positive and supportive. Main characters are well developed and have good and bad qualities, and though they make mistakes, they strive to make overall good choices for themselves and others.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very mild peril when thug-like characters intimidate and threaten a man, pulling back to hit him but then stopping.

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    Sex: Romantic/passionate kissing in a few scenes between a man and a woman. In one scene, a woman and man kiss, then the camera cuts away as they enter the bedroom, and the next morning the woman is in the man's shirt, presumably to indicate intercourse occurred the night before. There is a consistent presence of sex-related banter, including two women toasting to David Beckham's butt, exclaiming that he "has a really good ass," and a joke made about a woman going topless to make money.

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    Language: Some mild profanity throughout, such as in expressions like "hell," "working my ass off," and "I'm going to kick your ass."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The film's premise involves one night of heavy drinking at a work party, showing two adult women downing shots as they become increasingly drunk, as well as a few colleagues also intoxicated, using slurred speech and stumbling. Casual smoking is shown briefly in a few scenes.