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Spanglish (2004)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Georgie (as Ian Hyland)
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Monica (as Cecilia Suarez)
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Flor's Husband
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Luz
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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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Every family has a hero. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,817,853 (USA) (19 December 2004)

Gross:

$42,044,321 (USA) (30 January 2005)
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Trailers for this film featured the song "Show You Love" by Jars of Clay (emphasizing the chorus line "I'm gonna show you love in every language"). The song is not in the movie soundtrack. 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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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Cumbia de Los Muertos
Written by Asdrubal Sierra, Chali 2na, Willy Abers, Raul Pacheco (as Raúl Pacheco Jr.),
Ulises Bella, Jose Espinosa, William Marrufo, Justin Poree,
, Jiro Yamaguchi and Cut Chemist
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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Great Acting and Dialog
19 December 2004 | by (Birmingham, AL) – See all my reviews

I was looking forward to see this movie ever since I found out Jim Brooks was a part of it. Again, he shows us real life characters with dialog we can all relate to. Acting is superb in this movie! Adam Sandler plays a great passive, yet warm and sensitive character. I fell in love with Paz Vega's character, Flor. I applaud Jim Brook's decision to cast an actress, who like the character, does not speak any English. I feel it gave a deeper sense of reality to the film. I was also very impressed with Sarah Steele's performance as the overweight daughter, Bernice. Her smile lit up the screen! Do I think this is a great movie? Depends what you consider a great movie to be. It is NOT a movie in which the ending resolves all issues, neither does it make you think or reflect on your own life repeatedly after viewing it. However, it does make you laugh, cry, and lose yourself within the characters and situations for 2 hours. Those are the kind of movies I cherish and love to watch again, which is why I give this film a 9.


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