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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  21 May 2004 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Gigi
Talk Show Host
Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison ...
Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Undocumented 1
Lila Rodriguez
Officer Sanchez
Arell Blanton ...
Cassidy Paige Bringas ...
Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy ...
Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ...
Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)


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 <>

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On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California.

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

21 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzien bez Meksykanów  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$619,976 (USA) (14 May 2004)


$4,175,179 (USA) (19 November 2004)

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The scenes on the empty San Diego streets were shot on 1 January, when there are few people about, because the production was unable to pay for closing them. See more »


In the beginning when Mary Jo sits up in bed, the covers fall to her lap. In the next shot the covers are still up at her chest. See more »

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Disclaimer: "No Mexicans were harmed in the making of this film". See more »


Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Christmas Show (2006) See more »


California Dreaming
By John Phillips & Michelle Phillips (as Michelle Gilliam)
© Universal/MCA Music Publishing, a division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Annette Moreno (Pop), Sergio Arau (Mariachi)
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Fantasy meets mockumentary with a dash of pop up video.
2 May 2005 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

A Day Without a Mexican contains, quite possibly, the most unique and effective employment of a fantasy element I've ever seen.

While I'm not sure how much impact this film has on people who aren't from, or at least very familiar with, life in California, I think it speaks massive volumes all while maintaining a very witty and fun sense of humor about itself. While it gets over-dramatically silly, it is SPOT ON about the capability of Californian behavior (and I say that as a third generation Southern Californian who was raised, in part, by a German/Mexican stepmother).

I've noticed complaints about bad acting and/or writing in this film. The writing itself is strong, the dialogue is funny, and the cultural jokes are bordering on perfection. The acting did leave room for improvement, but that's standard in independent films that boast such a major societal commentary.

This is not the kind of film that's going to mean everything to everyone. It's geared toward a specific audience, which seems to include me, as I quite enjoyed this picture.

If you want a movie that'll, at the very least, raise some discussion, check it out.

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