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Spanglish (2004)

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A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

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John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. When they move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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A comedy with a language all its own. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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17 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Espanglish  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,817,853 (USA) (17 December 2004)

Gross:

$42,044,321 (USA) (28 January 2005)
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There was a translator on the set as Paz Vega did not speak English and the director James L. Brooks did not speak Spanish. See more »

Goofs

After Deborah ask the man washing cars in Malibu to translate for Flor and he pauses to put on a button up shirt before he translates, as he translates in one shot his shirt is askew because he has buttoned it wrong. In the next shot his shirt is buttoned correctly. See more »

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[first lines]
Boy's Voice: [voiceover to scene of people reviewing applications] To Dean of Admission, Princeton University. The most influential person in my life...
Girl's Voice: ...is Mother Teresa, whose example helped me overcome the arrogance which threatened after my 1600 SAT score in National Merit Scholarship
Girl's Voice #2: ...most influential person taught me the most important word I've ever learned; Aloha, which I...
Narrator: To the Dean of Admission, Princeton University, from Cristina Moreno. Most influential person, my Mother, No ...
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No actors were mistreated in the making of this film. See more »

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Referenced in Will & Grace: Board Games (2005) See more »

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Cumbia de Los Muertos
Written by Asdrubal Sierra, Charles Stewart, Willy Abers, Raul Pacheco (as Raúl Pacheco Jr.),
Ulises Bella, Jose Espinosa, William Marrufo, Justin Poree,
, Jiro Yamaguchi and Lucas MacFadden
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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Upstairs and Downstairs
7 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Spanglish is an examination of Latino immigrants to the USA and particularly one mother and young daughter who arrive in the USA for a better life and their interaction with a rich American family.

The story is essentially told as a flashback with the daughter recounting her experience with her mother. It is never spelt out whether they came to the USA from Mexico legally or not.

After hooking up with a cousin in LA and as the daughter gets older her mother Flor gets a job as a domestic for Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler.

Leoni is a neurotic mother, they have two children whilst Sandler is a top chef in a restaurant. Leoni's mother played by Cloris Leachman is an alcoholic but rather wise in her years.

Even though she has been in America for several years, Flor has learnt little English and has to communicate via her daughter or others who know Spanish. Flor is beautiful but she was abandoned by her husband hence why she moved to LA.

James Brooks of Terms of Endearment fame weaves another comedy drama examination the cultural clashes that ensue especially when the Sandler family move to a summer beach house for a few months and Flor comes and lives with them accompanied by her daughter.

Paz Vega is very good as Flor, the actors playing the various kids are very good as is Tea Leoni and Leachman. However Sandler in a straight role is weak. He comes across as nice, understanding, almost every man but he is not a strong enough actor to bring the nuances of his character to light. The film signals a budding romance with Paz but its difficult to buy not helped with last minute re-shoots which changed the ending.

Brooks who has shown a sure touch in previous ensemble films such as Broadcast News has maybe let this film meander a bit too much. It needs some focus and 20 minutes snipped off. It also needed a strong male lead actor.


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