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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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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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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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,817,853, 19 December 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,044,321, 30 January 2005
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Anne Bancroft was originally set to play Deborah's mother but had to pull out of the film. See more »

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As Cristina "blossoms" Flor needs to get only a day job, but her two jobs prior to that are at a travel agency and at a dry cleaners, both of which would have been during the day. See more »

Quotes

[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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Round and Round
Written by Musze, Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman, Lisa "Aya" Trenier and Ian Duncan
Performed by Sweetback
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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El Norte of James L Brooks
26 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Gregory Nava's "El Norte" was a memorable journey into the Latino experience in white wealthy country. That masterpiece had a heartbreaking scene between the Latino maid and a washing machine. "Spanglish" merely hints to a similar moment between the Latino maid and a coffee machine. The "merely hinting" is at the heart of this painful comedy of manners. This is the journey of an observer not of someone who actually lived it. As a consequence he treats his own with an iron hand and the others with a romantic, heroic, fairy taleish sort of slant. Putting aside the potential seriousness of the story, the film is a moving, entertainment fantasy in the land of opulence and guilt. The borders here are not geographic but personal, the aliens are the natives. They become illegal in their own existence and step all over their own lives without noticing, trying to care, trying to be the best they can possibly be but without points of reference or enough substance for their acts to have any kind of real meaning. Tea Leoni gives a performance of such fearlessness that sometimes you feel she may jump out of the screen. Cloris Leachman is great as an alcoholic wise woman who doesn't want to be judged. Paz Vega represents the ideal Latin heroine in a wealthy American's story. She is beautiful and powerful and utterly unlikely. Adam Sandler is Adam Sandler and seems to stand passively between the blonder than blond world of his wife and the exotic gorgeousness world of his maid. I would like to know what happened to Paz and her daughter after leaving behind the chances to be or become like everyone else in the white wealthy country of make believe, or is that too much to ask.


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