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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

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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Aunt Gigi
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Talk Show Host
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Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison ...
Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Fernando Arau ...
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Lila Rodriguez
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Nick
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Officer Sanchez
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Suzy
Arell Blanton ...
Chris
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Tracy Abercrombie
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Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ...
Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
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Cata
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

21 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Dzien bez Meksykanów  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes accompany the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Remake of A Day Without a Mexican (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vida Es Un Camote
Written by Sergio Arau
Performed by Sergio Arau
Imaginary Friend Publishing, Administered by Universal Publishing Latino
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Watch this, only if there's nothing else to do.
15 December 2004 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching A Day Without a Mexican, so my comments are fresh.

As some other reviewers have mentioned, this film had the potential to be much more in terms of social commentary. The fact that it went in a comedic direction isn't bad in itself, it's just the execution of everything seemed so flawed.

There were chances to make statements, and to be relevant; one can still do that while still being funny. It's just -- I never laughed during the entire film, and I never felt as if any point was driven home, so it failed both goals.

I won't call this a bad film, but it's certainly not worth the $4 rental fee. If it shows up on TV for free, go ahead and watch it, otherwise find something else to spend your money on. Stereotypes can be used to convey a serious message (see Hollywood Shuffle), however I'm not sure what this film's message really was. Was it that Mexicans are a cheap economic revenue? That they're our maids, and token love interests?

As for bad acting, I can get over that. The problem is with the script. The initial idea sounds great, but the initial idea needs followed up with original and clever thought; that's where this film went downhill quickly.


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