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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every family has a hero. 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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1.85 : 1
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Two new scenes were shot when test audiences found the ending unsatisfying. See more »


When John Clasky is making his late night sandwich, in the first shot the fried egg is on top of the bacon, and the lettuce is on top, in the next shot, the egg is on top of the lettuce. 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: 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 »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Ven conmigo (Solamente tú)
Written by Johan Aberg, Pauli Kaj Olavi Reinikainen and Rudy Pérez
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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Well worth seeing, way beyond a dumb-funny movie
20 December 2004 | by (Puerto Rico) – See all my reviews

I was very surprised by this movie. Amidst the well written comedy scenes, there are many LIFE-IMPACTING conversations. If you pay attention to this movie, I think you will learn something about yourself, about cultural differences, about Responsibility....All while having a good time and a few laughs. Go see it. I think Paz Vega is a stand-out in her first big Hollywood appearance. Adam Sandler is good, and he certainly could deliver more emotion. Mrs. Leoni overacts and becomes quite bothersome (which I think IS the point!). There is something for everyone here. The daughter does a super-fine acting job, and she is clearly headed into bigger roles. She delivers some subtle scenes of conflicting emotions. Go see it !!

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