Spare Parts

Synopsis: Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sean McNamara
Production: Pantelion Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Keep it moving.

All right. I put two bottles of HEET in

and pulled your battery cable.

The engine light should stay off long

enough for you to pass the smog check,

- but you gotta go, like, right now.

- Yo! Hurry it up!

That's gonna be 15 for the HEET,

10 for the labor.

Un minuto, huh?

And drive slow, all right?

Like abuela slow.

Hey! I got places to go. Let's go!

Can I open now?

Yo! Let's go! Hurry it up!

Hey, un minuto!

Chill out, man, I'm working here!

You'll get out in a bit.

You never even talk to him.

Don't worry about it. Come here.

Hey, I don't wanna make you late

for your costume party.

Hey, how much you got for me today?

Hey, Hector, you know,

if I had a penny I'd give it to you.

Better have something tomorrow.

You okay?

It's just, the floor's slippery.

Whatever, it's fine.

It's fine.


The U.S. Armed Forces and NASA

are the proud sponsors

of the Fifth Annual

Underwater Robotics Competition.

This prestigious contest to be held this year

in Santa Barbara, California

highlights student innovation

in technology.

- Participants could get scouted...

- Oscar Vazquez?

Here I have my application

and all of my JROTC certificates.

I made my way up to Staff Sergeant.

Sir, I was told with my service

I could enlist E3, Private First Class?

An advanced ranking

shouldn't be a problem.

Just give me your birth certificate

and I'll start a file on you.

Sir, I have a friend in Iraq.

And he tells me that it's so hard

to recruit right now...

He says that sometimes

it's okay if a paper or two are missing.

Your friend is mistaken.

Look, if you find your birth certificate,

please come back.

You'd make a great recruit.

If not, if it's permanently unavailable,

don't go presenting yourself

to any government office.

For your own well-being.

You've heard of immigration

Customs Enforcement, right, son?

ICE. Yes, sir.


Dad finds out you've been stealing,

he'll kill you.

- It was just, like, once.

- What was once?

I was just saying, I got a new job.

It's nothing regular though.

- You skim?

- No, that's all of it.

You're getting really good at this.

People are gonna think

you're my daughter.

They're gonna have to double-check.

So, it may take a little bit longer

to process the papers.


Karen, please. Just one minute.

I am so sorry. I apologize.

Fire Marshal. Don't ask.


No formal teaching experience.

No. But I did train people sometimes.

And new engineers aren't always

the most adjusted people.

And the training that you did,

this was at Aerotech,

or you were at NextCorp for four months,

or the three months at InterCon?

You probably guess

what my follow-up question is gonna be.

Where do I get my stamina?

In the engineering world, it's quite common

to jump from project to project.


Because prior to all that you worked

at the same firm for 15 years.

What, all of a sudden, makes Mr. Stability,

with a Ph.D., by the way,

careen, you know,

from job to job to job?

Do you always grill

potential substitutes like this?

Look, Mrs. Lawson is on maternity leave

for another four months.

If you last that long, it'll be longer

than most of my permanent hires.

Then you can't be choosy, can you?

I don't have to make you pee

in a cup, do I?

No. Unless that's how

you get your kicks.

So, why teaching? I mean, why now?

You know, I've always wanted

to give back.

You know, mold young minds,

do good in an under-served community.

It's almost impossible

to estimate how many of our students

go on to higher education.

Probably a third

claim they're going to college.

But most of them drop out

after a semester or two.

I mean, it's not easy.

Half of them are undocumented.

And then, every once in a while,

one of their classmates disappears

and is deported to Mexico the next day.

Well, tell them Principal Lowry

would like to see them try.

It's a crazy system.

Stop it. Now.

And you're gonna wanna start drinking tea

'cause your throat will get sore.

Even if you're not a yeller.

It happened to me.

- Karen!

- Yeah.

The computers in the library are fried.

We are down to three machines now

for 2,000 students.

Okay. So, 1,997 of them will have

to play videogames somewhere else.

This is Gwen Kolinsky. She... Hold up.

Wait. It was in the meatloaf?

What do you think was in the meatloaf?

Who are you again?

I'm Fredi Cameron.

I'm the new science sub.

Thank God.

Last one was a global warming denier.

That's crazy.

Now, the moon landing.

Now that, I just don't see it.

That's a nice suit

for a substitute teacher.

Is it too much?

I didn't know about the dress code

and I never really taught before.

Private sector guy.

Is that a bad thing?

Excuse me.


What, your car overheat?

The temperature safety sensor.

Well, here goes a couple hundred bucks.

That's nice.

Can I have the number

for a local towing company?

Hey, look man,

you don't gotta scrap the whole thing.

You just gotta override it.

What'd you say your name was?

Lorenzo Santillan.

I'll do it for 20 bucks.

How about you let me

borrow your tools for 10?

Man, if you don't like my prices,

go see what it costs you for the tow.

Fine. 20.

Hey, this ain't a social call.

I get paid in advance.

All right.

You went to all the trouble

of reversing my sensor wires

and all you're taking

for it is 20 bucks?

This is Theresa Cruz

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