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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)



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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 consumer market would create a social, political, and economic disaster, leaving the concept of the "California Dream" in shambles. A Day Without a Mexican proved controversial even before its release: promotional billboards reading "On May 14th, there will be no Mexicans in California" caused a stir with immigrant rights groups, who believed the sign was a statement against the Latino community. The film stars Yareli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, and Muse Watson.more
Rating: R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sergio Arau, Yareli Arizmendi, Sergio Guerrero
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
Box Office: $4.0M
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Yareli Arizmendi
as Lila Rodriguez
John Getz
as Senator Steven Aberc...
Maureen Flannigan
as Mary Jo Quintana
Muse Watson
as Louis McClaire
Caroline Aaron
as Aunt Gigi
Tony Abatemarco
as Talk Show Host
Eduardo Palomo
as Roberto Quintana
Bru Muller
as George McClaire
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Critic Reviews for A Day Without a Mexican

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes.

June 3, 2004
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Day Without a Mexican

I know I've seen this movie but it was pretty forgettable.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

Like a Saturday Night Live skit that plays for 2 hours. I'm glad that Sergio Arau shows how if Mexicans were to dissapear all the low level jobs would have to be done by white people. Thatnks for setting back any progress Mexican Americans have made with your unfunny movie.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"A Day without a Mexican" is a film about a mysterious fog enveloping the state of California. Then, the entire Hispanic population disappears without a trace. Needless to say, this causes quite the disruption on the personal, economic and cultural levels. Even the border patrol agents are hurt.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"A Day without a Mexican" is not bad and well-intentioned with some good points on identity and racism. It raises the question about whether or not somebody can truly be illegal. But pedestrian writing and amateurish acting pretty much lower the whole enterprise to the level of a public service announcement. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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