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Spanglish (2004)

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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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James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... John Clasky
Téa Leoni ... Deborah Clasky
Paz Vega ... Flor
Cloris Leachman ... Evelyn
Shelbie Bruce ... Cristina
Sarah Steele ... Bernice
Ian Donovan Hyland ... Georgie (as Ian Hyland)
Victoria Luna ... Cristina (six years old)
Cecilia Suárez ... Monica (as Cecilia Suarez)
Ricardo Molina ... Flor's Husband
Brenda Canela ... Luz
Eddy Martin ... Fourteen-Year-Old Boy
Nicole Nieth Nicole Nieth ... Hostess at Fancy Restaurant
Jamie Kaler ... Businessman
James Lancaster ... Businessman
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Storyline

Flor emigrates to Los Angeles from Mexico in hopes of finding a better life for her and her daughter, Cristina. Hired by the John and Deborah Clasky as their housekeeper, Flor contends with the language barrier, Cristina's budding femininity, and the eccentric Clasky's way of life. Written by Anonymous

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Every family has a hero. 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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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espanglish See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sarah Steele gained approximately fifteen pounds for her role as Bernice. She is usually either a size 1 or 2. See more »

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After Deborah comes in from running, she is in a sports bra and bike shorts. When she climbs on top of John, you can clearly see that she still has her shorts on when they have sex. See more »

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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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SPANGLISH: A Film That Speaks the Universal Language!
2 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA...and ORLANDO, FL

Here, Spanglish is not a mixture of the two languages, but instead, more of an encounter, and yes, at times, a clash between two cultures: That of "Gringos" and of Latinos! More than anything else, Spanglish speaks to all Hispanics of just how hard living in the United States can be, at times. To assimilate into its culture without losing ones Latin roots. The film manages to do so in a most convincing and believable way, highlighting some of the positive values of Latino culture, but, at the same time, respecting the dignity of all the characters in the film, while avoiding most, but not all, of the ridiculous stereotypes that abound in Hollywood!

There is most certainly something in Spanglish for every member of your family! (There is one brief scene of a loving marriage encounter, but not graphic in the least.) The cast is fabulous. Spaniard Paz Vega appears quite natural and convincing as Mexican Flor Moreno. Adam Sandler shows definite versatility as both a dramatic and comedic actor. Tea Leoni, here almost outshines everyone in her role of a rather endearing but neurotic American housewife. And the young, Shelbie Bruce, playing the role of Flor's daughter, Cristina, waxes totally bilingual/bi-cultural.

However, do not let your previewing expectations get too high! Regardless of being a must see film for all Hispanics who live, have lived or who have had an extended stay in the U.S., Spanglish does have its flaws. Producer/director/writer, James L. Brooks, despite having directed such classics as Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets and Terms of Endearment, seems, at times. to have become too enamored of his own work, resulting In some excesses. The film drags on for over 2 hours. It would have been a more enjoyable film if Brooks had left at least 10 or 15 minutes on the cutting room floor.

Spanglish also suffers from moments of poor writing and direction of its principle characters, with too many mugging facial close-ups. These exaggerated expressions often did not seem the least bit natural. Spanglish also Tried to convince us that someone can go from a beginner in English to someone with tremendous proficiency in a breezy 2 or 3 months! Even taking a 50 hour per week immersion course, that's a pretty tall order! If it were that easy, everyone would speak five languages, right? (As the owner/director of language institutes for 40 years, believe me, I'm an EXPERT!)

Despite its flaws, Spanglish is guaranteed to have a decidedly positive impact! 7.5*......ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!


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