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Instructions Not Included
Valentin (Eugenio Derbez) is Acapulco's resident playboy-until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby's mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie (Loreto Peralta). An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood's top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's counterintuitive success is largely due to Derbez, who demonstrates why he is beloved, both south and north of the border."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
""Instructions Not Included" is a sweet little movie that is more than it seems to be."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Derbez, a sharp comedic actor with an emotive face, ably shoulders most of the film's emotional burden."
‑ Abigail Garnett, Paste Magazine
"Overlong, overly broad and overly familiar. But not without its charms"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"'Instructions Not Included' is definitely not light on its feet. But despite its flaws, it's effective in the end. (Full Parental Review also available)"
‑ Teddy Durgin, Screen It!
"This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Surprisingly touching father/daughter story. Humor and heart make a winning combination."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"Unevenly handled, slurrying emotions in a way that feels careless rather than cleverly unconventional."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A sloppy melange of unpersuasive melodrama, amateurish mugging, unfunny comedy and mawkish sentimentality."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Derbez, who also directed the film, gives the movie a strong core through his expressive face."
‑ Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
"There's a lot of movie here with unexpected developments, held together by the irresistible chemistry between Derbez and his adorable pint-sized co-star."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times
"It's not a great film, but for what it wants to do, it's a decent diversion."
‑ Bill Gibron, Film Racket
"Mix of comedy and tragedy in Mexican dad-daughter tale."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Charming and entertaining, if overlong and a bit too melodramatic, Instructions ultimately works because of the cast."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
"It doesn't transition smoothly between comedy and drama, and the constant mugging of Derbez becomes as tiresome as his character's lack of common sense."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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