Spanglish (2004)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Paz Vega shines, and Adam Sandler gives a performance of thoughtfulness and depth, but Spanglish is ultimately undermined by sitcommy plotting and unearned uplift.


Movie Info

Married couple John and Deborah Clasky has their mundane lives forever changed when a fiery new housekeeper, Flor, and her intelligent daughter step into their home. Although Flor and John do not share a common language, Flor speaks only Spanish and John speaks only English, they soon find themselves romantically attracted to each other. This connection acts as a catalyst for both John and Flor to reevaluate their lives and motivates them to solve their respective family problems.

Rating: PG-13 (some sexual content and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James L. Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Box Office: $42.0M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site

Cast


as John Clasky

as Deborah Clasky

as Flor Moreno

as Evelyn Norwich

as Cristina

as Bernice

as Georgie

as Cristina (age 6)

as Manuel

as Flor's Husband

as Mike the Realtor
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Critic Reviews for Spanglish

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (45)

There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Newsweek
Top Critic

This is Hollywood liberal humanism as muted join-the-dots melodrama, all carefully calculated colouring, broad outlines, and no room for fruitful digression.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Vega radiates effortless strength and charm in her first Hollywood role, and Sandler proves to be a gratifyingly unpredictable leading man, self-effacing one moment and hilariously emphatic the other.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Spanglish is a heartfelt, funny, sad, human story about what people want and what they should do; about culture's colliding and maintaining their individuality; and about what parents do for their children.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's no masterpiece--I can admit--but the performances won me over in the end...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Spanglish

½

An interesting ensemble piece with wonderful performances by all concerned. One of Sandler's best, Leoni a diamond of neediness, Leachman ... one of my all time favs, and Vega perhaps the strong center of the film as, of all things, the Mexican maid (what, they couldn't find any Mexicans in L.A. to play a Mexican?). Although it lacks something ... maybe ... it's still better than most cut-and-dried romcoms.

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Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

"Spanglish" is the lesser of James L. Brooks' directorial efforts mainly because he is trying so obviously for cultural commentary. His films are better when he is showing a character's nuance objectively ("As Good As It Gets"). While "Spanglish" is not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination, it just does not go as far as it should. It's narrative is hindered by the way it's delivered and it unfortunately keeps us at a bit of an arms length from the characters. I enjoyed all the performances, especially Tea Leoni for being so aggressively unlikable, but in the end, you never have much to truly tether yourself to.

stevenecarrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

The ever amazing dramatic performance of Sandler, the desperaging Leoni, and the foolhard Vega all work in tandem very well.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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