• PG-13, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    James L. Brooks
    In Theaters:
    Dec 17, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 5, 2005
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

Critic Review - Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Phony bourgeois film.

November 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Comments

joe e.

joe eckel

wrong.
so wrong.
this movie speaks volumes about life, love, and rock and roll.
RECANT! like martin luther!

Jan 8 - 01:12 PM

Chris P.

Chris P

Phony? Really? Have you ever seen the families they find for Wife Swap? Easily as dysfunctional as the Claskys for similar reasons.

As for the Mexican family, they also rang very true. Being of Hispanic descent myself (though Puerto Rican, not Mexican) I could relate to some of the issues the mother was dealing with--the family & culture issues, if not the immigration issues.

Have you not heard/read about young girls with self-esteem issues or weight issues or both? Parents who are so wrapped up in themselves that they forget to tend to their children's emotional needs? Married couples in crisis?

I get the feeling from your "review" that if something is not exactly what you experienced, you dismiss it as imaginary. I've known people like you. I pity you, and you frighten me, too.

Feb 13 - 03:26 PM

Indukumar Ilangovan

Indukumar Ilangovan

Entirely agree to what you say, either this guy has never married or is completely screwed up way of living.

May 6 - 11:54 AM

Indukumar Ilangovan

Indukumar Ilangovan

Entirely agree to what you say, either this guy has never married or is completely screwed up way of living.

May 6 - 11:54 AM

Jen M.

Jen M

This review is the only "phony" thing in relation to this movie. Criticize what you may about the movie in terms of script, editing, etc. I would ask Mr. Schwartz to please not pretend to know anything about immigrants, their values and the difficulties of growing up as a 1st generation American surrounded by peers that are better off. Despite all of the storylines that are fleshed out, the main focus is on Cristina's upbringing. There is a certain passion and love that is at the core of her mother's values and it is a beautiful thing that in the end, Cristina appreciates and understands the decisions her mother made. As a child growing up under similar circumstances, it was very easy to wish to have a less challenging life full of the material perks that a family with a higher income could afford. A parent like Flor (or my own mother) was strong enough to know where to draw the line in order to allow her daughter to learn how to be a hard-working individual who would not take things for granted later on in life despite the fundamental end goal of an immigrant. The movie shows how easily an American so far removed from their immigrant ancestors can turn out like Mrs. Clasky, who is more obsessed with superficial status symbols (children who look like models as a bragging accessory, taking more pride in the number of stars in her husband's review than in the fact that he is an amazing and supportive partner, etc.) than the truly important things in life. There is nothing phony about highlighting these differences, and for all intents and purposes the Clasky family could have been Indian, Chinese, African American, or even Latino for that matter. There will always be a marked difference between a family that refuses to lose sight of values and appreciation for everything in life and a family that does not. I can only assume from his appalling insensitivity that Mr. Schwartz was raised in the latter, and is the only one who can actually be accused of being "clueless" and "patronizing".

Mar 24 - 07:53 AM

Quentin Lucas

Quentin Lucas

Wonderful response to a myopic review.

Jun 8 - 07:13 PM

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