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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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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>

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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)


$42,044,321 (USA) (28 January 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film had 13 previews to see the audiences' reaction. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Features Charlie's Angels (2000) See more »


They Can't Take That Away from Me
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
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14 February 2006 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This movie makes me cry every time. Perhaps the soundtrack does it's job, or the push-ins when the characters have their deep emotional revelations of the epitome of their personalities, but it's not what happens that makes me cry. It is the way the characters are relateable, not so much as the commonness of their ways, because they are very quirky almost to the extreme, but because there is a part of every person in each of them, or at least a part to strives to be. The language barrier just highlights the dialogue, as one watching tries to hear it from foreign ears and yet understands movements and emotions better than what is said. And that, I think, makes this movie perfect.

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