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A first look at ‘Spare Parts,’ movie about Phoenix robotics team

PHOENIX — Hollywood loves an underdog and found a beauty in a Phoenix high school robotics team.

The film “Spare Parts” is about an underfunded Carl T. Hayden Community High School team that beat out prestigious school — including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — to win a 2004 underwater robotics competition.

The team’s story was first told in a documentary earlier this year called “Underwater Dreams.”

Prior to the documentary’s release, the students were invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to attend a speech on science, technology, electronics and math education.

“Spare Parts” is scheduled for a Jan. 16, 2015 release. It stars Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis and George Lopez, among others.