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Spanglish (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica (as Cecilia Suarez)
Flor's Husband
Fourteen-Year-Old Boy
Nicole Nieth ...
Hostess at Fancy Restaurant


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Espanglish  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$276,485 (South Africa) (15 April 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Chef's/ cooks used in the kitchen seen are actual Le Cordon Bleu Students from the nearby cooking school in Pasadena, CA See more »


Flor consistently speaks with a Castilian accent, not a Mexican one. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

No actors were mistreated in the making of this film. See more »


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


Let's Get It Started
Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gómez, George Pajon Jr.,
Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterpises
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loved the movie and was pleasantly surprised
14 December 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

When I heard the title and learned that Adam Sandler was in this movie, I had very low expectations. Boy, was I surprised. This is a wonderful film, not at all the low-level fluff film I expected. All the female actresses, young and old, are absolutely terrific, and Adam Sandler does a respectable job in a semi-serious role. The writing is very clever, and the film will elicit laughter as well as tears. I found my self still thinking about the movie the next day, something that all too often doesn't happen with today's highly forgettable films. One caveat: this is really a movie for teens and up, not a kids' movie. Aside from a bad word or two and a (hilarious) sex scene, the underlying themes are quite adult. Enjoy!

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