Eugenio Derbez was for the longest time my family’s entertainment every Sunday afternoon when we watched “La Familia Peluche”. Eugenio Derbez was born in Milpa Alta, Mexico. He is an actor, writer, director and producer with a degree in Film Directing from the Mexican Institute of cinematography and Theater. In 2013, he produced a film by the name of Instructions Not Included where he plays the role of Valentin. This comedy’s target audience is Latinos, since the movie is mainly in Spanish and many jokes are based on Mexican culture. Throughout the movie there is a theme of fear, every time that Valentin comes across problems or adverse situations he sees wolves. His father had taught him not to be afraid of anything but there will always be situations where we are not prepared for.
One of Valentin’s fear early in the movie is having to go to the United States without knowing English and not having legal documentation. This fear is faced by so many people that come from Mexico and other parts of the world. As Valentin is leaving Acapulco he mentions to his daughter the difference between living in Mexico and the United States. In Mexico there is violence and poverty, people want to leave this behind but they fear the same thing as Valentin. People come to the United States to accomplish the American Dream and just like Valentin they had to struggle and work difficult jobs. All of these sacrifices and it can all be for nothing. I have relatives and friends that live in fear of being deported. They try to live a normal life but it must be hard knowing that at any given day life in the United States can come to an end.
Valentin has bigger problems in the movie but this is what I can relate to the most. Everyone trying to accomplish the American dream can relate to this great movie. Your emotions will be on a rollercoaster while watching it, at points funny and happy and then life hits you.
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