Instructions Not Included is the new film by actor/director Eugenio Derbez. It is a very funny and heartwarming story about a man named Valentin (Derbez) who is pretty much a commitment-phobic ladies man who, after have a tryst with a woman named Julie (Jessica Lindsey), finds her standing on his doorstep a year later with a baby that she is claiming is his. After leaving him holding the baby (literally) she vanishes and Valentin is left with no choice but to raise the child and do some serious growing up himself. All goes well until, 6 years later, Julie is once again on his door step looking to step in as the child's mother and threatens to change the life he has built for him and his daughter Maggie.
First off, I just have to say Derbez does a great job in this film. He not only is the lead actor, but he is also the director and one of the writers. He nails his role as Valentin and brings a ton of emotion and heart to the character as well as being able to pull of the slightly idiotic dad role when he needs to. Loreto Peralta plays his daughter Maggie and she lights up the screen when she is on. Jessica Lindsey as Julie is one of those characters you will be torn between kind of liking and well…hating, but she nails it. I really feel like they did a perfect job in casting everyone in this film. The story has plenty of laughs, a couple big plot twists, and even a few tears.
Though many people may not have heard of this film, you shouldn't just brush this one off. Take a second, check out the trailer and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Just so you know this film does have both subtitles and English-speaking bits in it. Though, pretty easy to keep up with, even if you are not a huge fan of films with subtitles and have a hard time with that whole reading/watching thing. It is worth a watch.
Overall I give this film a solid A. I really enjoyed the humor and the sweet story. Instructions Not Included opens today in theaters around town, so if you have some time definitely be sure to check this one out. It should be a nice break from some of the bigger budgeted films and you won't be disappointed.