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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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Talk Show Host
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Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
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Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
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Lila Rodriguez
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Barney Montana
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Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
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Cata
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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21 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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When Senator Abercombie is declaring a state of emergency and telling the reporters the military is conducting reconnaissance missions, the F-16 shown flying into the fog has Washington (state) Air National Guard markings on it. See more »

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An Hour and a Half of Interesting Footage
12 May 2004 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

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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