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Spanglish (2004)
IMDb Rating 6.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Adam Sandler John Clasky
Téa Leoni Deborah Clasky
Paz Vega Flor
Cloris Leachman Evelyn
Shelbie Bruce Cristina
Sarah Steele Bernice
Ian Hyland Georgie
Victoria Luna Cristina (6 years old)
Thomas Haden Church Mike, Realtor
Tea Leoni
Cecilia Suárez Monica (as Cecilia Suarez)
Ricardo Molina Flor's Husband
Ian Hyland (II)
Plot
A Hispanic woman and her young daughter are thrown into the middle of a well-to-do but remarkably dysfunctional family in this comedy drama from writer and director James L. Brooks. Flor (Paz Vega) is a single mother who has struggled to support her daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce) working as a domestic in Mexico. Hoping to give her daughter greater financial security, Flor packs up their belongings and moves the family to California, but Flor refuses to surrender her Latino identity and opts not to learn English; meanwhile, Cristina quickly learns to speak the language fluently. Flor lands a high-paying job working as a housekeeper for Deborah Clasky (Téa Leoni); Deborah doesn't speak a word of Spanish, but this is hardly the most curious thing about their working relationship. A deeply troubled neurotic who has spent time in a mental hospital, Deborah is at once obsessed with her duties as a wife and mother and utterly clueless to her family's needs, and when she learns that Flor has a daughter, she insists that the girl move in with the Claskys. Flor, however, isn't so sure she wants Deborah Americanizing Cristina, especially when Deborah begins doting on the girl at the expense of her relationship with her own daughter, Bernice (Sarah Steele). Deborah's husband, John (Adam Sandler), is an oasis of loving calm and understanding in the midst of his chaotic family, and Flor becomes attracted to this man who shows no signs of the arrogant machismo she's accustomed to. But John's career as a chef is turned upside down when The New York Times gives his restaurant a four-star review, suddenly turning his small eatery into the "in" spot in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Flor reaches the end of her patience when Deborah enrolls Cristina into an exclusive private school which Flor is certain will turn her into a typical American child and drive a wedge between Cristina and her mother. Spanglish also stars Cloris Leachman as Deborah's sharp-tongued mother. — Mark Deming
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director James L. Brooks
Producer James L. Brooks; Julie Ansell; Richard Sakai
Writer Julie Ansell; James L. Brooks
Studio Columbia TriStar
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 130 mins
Movie Release Date 12/17/2004
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It No
Index 442
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 4/9/2005
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396048522
Release Date 4/5/2005
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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