A Day Without a Mexican (2004)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Marking the directorial debut of Sergio Arau, son of Like Water for Chocolate director Alfonso Arau, A Day Without a Mexican ponders the potentially catastrophic results that would occur if California-based Mexicans, who make up over a third of the state's population, were to suddenly disappear. The mockumentary postulates that the lack of Latino gardeners, nannies, cooks, policeman, maids, teachers, farm workers, construction crews, entertainers, athletes, and the world's largest growing
May 14, 2004 Wide
Nov 9, 2004
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As many times you consider A Day Without a Mexican a crude and underdeveloped parody, there are moments that it vindicates itself with on-the-money situations.
The movie in its extended version is frequently muddled, emotionally messy, a little heavy-handed and misses the real opportunity presented by the new format.
The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.
Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes.
'Tiene la honestidad de ser una divertida y, por momentos compleja, denuncia de los maltratos y desprecio a los que son sometidos nuestros compatriotas en el extranjero'
For the first hour director Arau ... and his co-writer and wife, actress Arizmendi, negotiate the story's tricky mix of comedy, social satire and science fiction with surprising aplomb.
A cheap-looking, one-joke movie that can't get any laughs even in its first telling.
A promising premise without a successful follow-through...vacillates between preachy tract and bland comedy.
The film suffers from low-budget-and-looks-it production values and some ridiculous aspects of the plot, even for a fantasy like this.
This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor.
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