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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.

Director:

Sergio Arau
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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The sequel to Arau's cult hit and 2004 social satire, "A Day Without a Mexican."

Director: Sergio Arau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Aaron ... Aunt Gigi
Tony Abatemarco ... Talk Show Host
Melinda Allen ... Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison Frankie J. Allison ... Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Fernando Arau Fernando Arau ... Undocumented 1
Yareli Arizmendi ... Lila Rodriguez
Todd Babcock ... Nick
Maria Beck ... Officer Sanchez
Yeniffer Behrens ... Suzy
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Chris
Cassidy Paige Bringas Cassidy Paige Bringas ... Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy Brian Brophy ... Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo Pilar Camporredondo ... Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
Elpidia Carrillo ... Cata
Larry Carroll ... Newscaster
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzien bez Meksykanów See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$628,807, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$4,179,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,057,021
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Eduardo Palomo's last film. See more »

Goofs

The scenes in Stockton, California show orange groves in the background. There are no orange groves in Stockton. See more »

Quotes

Lila Rodriguez: In the face of so many emergency calls reporting missing persons in the state of California, every explanation needs to be considered, from
[an unmanned tractor comes into frame in the background, heading towards Lila]
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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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don't expect too much
6 June 2004 | by cryinghyenaSee all my reviews

This film got it's press from the "inflammatory" title, but the ad campaign was aimed to put your butt in the movie seat, and it worked for this micro-budget movie... it ended up with a profit in Los Angeles alone. This was quite clever because the film got a much larger audience than it would have received otherwise, regardless of anyone's personal feelings. The ads were done so that any reasonably intelligent person could see the tongue-in-cheek manner in which the ad campaign was carried out, and those who couldn't, well... they'd probably go see the movie just so they could be even more angry.

So I went to see the movie, not so much because of the controversy, but to see how good a film had been put together. I was really disappointed. For as clever a campaign had been crafted to get people to see their movie, the filmmakers failed miserably at keeping them interested.

The storyline is not too terribly involving, and the "morality tale" message is really beat into your head with a hammer from the first minute all the way to the end. The acting is amateurish... it had a very distinct high school film project look and feel to it, and although I'm no stranger to low budget films... this one really looked bad. The film quality was so terribly grainy that it was distracting, and the attempts at "visual effects" even moreso. I would have been more impressed and they would have saved a few bucks if they'd left them out.

The coup d'etat... I fell asleep. And I had really wanted to like this movie... I went in having a really good feeling about it.

The film would probably have made a great half hour after school special or educational video, with all of the boring and tedious plot left out and all of the interesting factoids about the Mexican contribution to American culture left in. I know many of my Mexican friends who saw it got a kick out of some of the cultural in-jokes in the movie, but almost across the board they agree with me that the movie wasn't very good.

So there you go. If you have a burning desire to learn some fairly obvious facts about Mexican culture in California, jump right in. My feeling is that people who are ignorant to the information put forward in the film are probably not inclined to care or want to know anyway... but there's never any harm in trying to get the word out. All minorities in the U.S. have historically been mistreated and maligned, and if one were really inclined to learn some perspective about American treatment of Mexicans, Indians, Blacks, Asians... I would suggest a read of 'A People's History of the United States' by Howard Zinn. NOW THAT'S AN EYE OPENER.


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