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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

John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family an upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu. Flor, who emigrated from Mexico, along with her daughter, Cristina, is hired by the Clasky's as a live-in housekeeper. Flor soon has to fight for her daughter's soul, as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy with a language all its own. 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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

As Cristina "blossoms" Flor needs to get only a day job, but her two jobs prior to that are at a travel agency and at a dry cleaners, both of which would have been during the day. 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 Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 February 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

¿Dónde se fueron?
Written by Raul Pacheco (as Raúl Pacheco Jr.), Asdrubal Sierra, Jose Espinosa, Ulises Bella, Willy Abers, Justin Poree, Chali 2na, Jiro Yamaguchi, William Marrufo, Alfredo Ortiz, Pablo Castorena and Cut Chemist
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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A Mexican immigrant takes on a new job and the paths of both families collide
21 January 2017 | by anitiruSee all my reviews

I started watching this just hoping for a few laughs, this being an Adam Sandler movie. Instead, I found a deep story dealing with issues relevant to real life: what are the values that define you as a person? What is acceptable and what is not? Why one has to draw the distinction between what feels good and what is good?

Spanglish is a good movie backed up by some great performances by Paz Vega and Adam Sandler. Tea Leoni performs her role well and Cloris Leachman is an able support, at times adding a flavor of dry comedy.

I won't reveal the plot. All I'll say is it is worth your time. A funny movie with a solid story and something to take away later.


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