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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

Writer:

James L. Brooks
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film had thirteen previews to see the audiences' reaction. See more »

Goofs

When Flor is going up the stairs in the summer house after discussing with John with Cristina's help, and stops to continue talking to John, her hair changes from one shot to another. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

No actors were mistreated in the making of this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Californication: Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get It Started
Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gómez, George Pajon Jr.,
Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterpises
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pleasantly surprised
12 December 2004 | by rozyckitravel@hotmail.comSee all my reviews

I saw Spanglish Saturday night (12/11/04). It was a preview and I haven't seen any critical reviews yet. I liked it enough to give it a 8 out of 10. It's a comedy with enough serious moments to give a person time to pause and think. Young girl emigrates with her mom from Mexico and settles in California. Mom (being in America illegally) settles as a housekeeper for Sandler and Leoni. She's baffled by the monied existence of the upper classes and how it effects her daughter. I thought that Paz Vega is excellent as the mom. Adam Sandler holds back and plays a compassionate father. Cloris Leachman is great and should be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress. The revelation to me is Tea Leoni. I thought that she was great as the waspish/blond mom/wife who feels that she's not getting enough respect at home.


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