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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 9

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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

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.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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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.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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
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'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'

April 4, 2005

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.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A cheap-looking, one-joke movie that can't get any laughs even in its first telling.

June 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A promising premise without a successful follow-through...vacillates between preachy tract and bland comedy.

May 25, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The film suffers from low-budget-and-looks-it production values and some ridiculous aspects of the plot, even for a fantasy like this.

May 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor.

May 15, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

While it might have been better, we're definitely better off for having A Day Without a Mexican around.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for A Day Without a Mexican

I know I've seen this movie but it was pretty forgettable.
March 1, 2007

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.
March 13, 2006

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]
September 10, 2005
Walter M.

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Starts out funny, and then just stays rather boring...
April 3, 2010

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