When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
News reports, with dramatizations within the faux documentary footage, explain that people across California have awakened to a state from which the Mexicans have disappeared: husbands, ... See full summary »
Tina S. Nieto
A thick fog surrounds California's borders, communication beyond state lines is cut off, and the Mexicans disappear: workers, spouses, and business owners are missing. Cars are abandoned in the street, food is left cooking on the stove. We meet the wife of a musician who's gone, a state Senator whose maid doesn't show up for work, and a farm owner whose produce is ripe and unpicked. A scientist asks any Mexicans who haven't disappeared to volunteer for genetic experiments: a female newscaster and the daughter of the musician may be the only missing links around. Why them? And where have all the Mexicans gone? Even the border guards grieve. The state and its economy grind to a halt. Written by
It's no Casablanca, or a Godfather 2 for that matter, but it's not that bad either. In that mockumentary taste that has been made popular by movies such as "Waiting for Guffman" and "A Mighty Wind", "A Day Without a Mexican" chronicles the state of California through a short period of time in which all Mexicans (Mexican Americans, Illegal Mexican Immigrants, etc) disappear. Actually, they're gone for more than one day, but hey who's picky about the name when the idea itself is pretty strange.
California comes to the realization that Mexicans are here to stay and that they are needed just as much as anyone else. The movie itself provides some interesting informational tidbits throughout, and plenty of lighthearted laughs, such as a scene where the Los Angeles Dodgers will be handicapped because of the number of Latino players they have missing, but the NBA says the Lakers will be fine. Lots of one-liners in this movie, and you don't have to be Hispanic or speak Spanish to laugh or appreciate this film.
This also marks the last project of the late Mexican Telenovela actor Eduardo Palomo, whom most recently was seen by an American audience played the role of Cpt. Lazareno in the television series "Kingpin".
Not an Oscar winner, but worth taking a look. Especially if you're in California and you want to see many different parts of our cities on the big screen.
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