January 29, 2015
There are a number of moments which land but as a whole the film feels a little too light for the subject matter. Full review later.
January 5, 2008
Der er tre film med Adam Sandler, som det er værd at spilde tid på, og det her er en af dem (de to andre er Punch Drunk Love og Anger Management). At det er mesteren James L. Brooks, der har skrevet og instrueret den bittersøde komedie, forklarer en del, men også Tea Leonis neurotiske Hausfrau-performance bør nævnes. Og så er Paz Vega jo bare eye candy fra start til slut. Den var klart gensynet værd.
November 3, 2014
So, I use Spanglish every year, in my Communication Theory class, to teach systems theory. Students first watch Ordinary People (1980, Robert Redford, Dir.) -- the spot-on portrayal of a family in the throes of systemic agony, dominated by Mary Tyler Moore's narcissism although not caused by it. We discuss how Bateson and Watzlawick's understanding of interconnectedness makes blaming and single-person causality useless. Students look at how one-upmanship, one-downsmanship, control of the communicative frame, metacommunication, double binds and homeostasis work, and come to understand equifinality. Then, they watch and write about Spanglish. While I've read negative reviews of the film, I don't understand the criticisms. The movie is an accurate depiction of a family in which one member, Tea Leoni's character, Deb, controls all interactions with anxiety, through talking, criticizing, interrupting other relationships that are healthy, crying-- whatever it takes. She blames everyone but herself-- in fact, seems incapable of seeing or taking in how destructive she is. When her own mother, Evelyn, finally apologizes for having been a terrible mother, we see how Deb was created-- and we also see that she's in pain, infinitely insecure, and that she's unlikely to be able to change. Her daughter, realistically depicted as a smart, funny, likable young woman with a love of cooking and eating that points to her connection with her dad, suffers Deb's self-absorption and manipulations, but we feel she'll be okay if the system can be fixed (or if her father takes a stand and stops allowing Deb to crush her-- Bernie-- with insults veiled as love). A divorce may be the best thing for everyone. At any rate: the film is profound, and the characters deeply recognizable. Those who criticized James L. Brooks when the film came out somehow failed to see what he created here, claiming that he hates women and that Tea Leoni's role was a testament to misogyny. Yet, there are many women just like the believable woman Leoni portrays, and many narcissistic mothers, and many husbands and fathers who, wanting to be the nice man, cannot effectively take control of their relationships when necessary, in order to establish symmetry rather than complementarity with their wives. My students, writing about the film, often glean valuable insights into their own families' dynamics.
October 14, 2014
Sandler's best work outside of Punch Drunk Love.
April 17, 2010
Just as even a broken clock is right twice a day, Adam Sandler occasionally, by accident, can actually make a good movie. This is a great movie about a martyred man and a martyred Mother temporarily coming together. I think Adam Sandler's problem is he is a far better dramatic actor than he wants to be . . . and certainly better than his comedic writing and his mediocre comedy. I still do not understand the tagline in relationship to the movie plot.
June 30, 2014
This fucking movie gave me a headache!.... the title is rather fitting considering i could not understand what the fuck even the white people were trying to say with their pretentious banter that fly past clever and landed in lame exchanges of un-realstic chit chat! only adam sandler movie i don't like at all.
September 5, 2013
Left unresolved/unfinished, but it seem it was only focusing on the mother-daughter narrative tale crossing over with a family with difficulties that shows how those problems can be affective. Vega performed well with shines while Sandler done his best in drama with brief comic relief and Leoni performing her usual with some straining that was caused in this good drama that shows emotions and some family values. (B)
(Full review coming soon)
August 10, 2014
This movie could have been better, without the affair, the weird sex scene and the college letter memoirs. Stick to the story about the immigrant working in a affluent home.
August 7, 2014
uhm.. nope. Not a very good film on temptation of adultery. The best part could only be that sandwich with a perfect runny yolk, and that's it.
September 12, 2007
The culture clash at the center of the film feels too easy, its more of a product of Hollywood liberalism with clean cut notions about race and language than anything resembling reality. I do like the performances (Tea Leoni in particular) but I think a few more re-writes of the screenplay could have produced stronger film.
May 29, 2014
one of the better adam sandler movies. i found all the characters to be quite likable. even tea leoni, in her wreck of a state. and found strength and insight, through the characters and their struggles. also wish i had a mother like Flor, and would hope i'd do as well as a mother one day, if given the chance.
February 12, 2010
The overacting is annoying, but Spanglish is still an effective drama. (First viewing - Late teen years)
April 9, 2014
Liked it. one of those sandler being sandler dramas.
March 29, 2014
Better than most stuff Adam Sandler does, but not good enough. Definitely not bad either.
January 18, 2014
Another average Sandler film really, predictable but this one had a little something more with the surrounding cast and performances and the story.
December 5, 2013
i hated this so much the first time, i watched it twice. i think i've come to appreciate it, flaws and all.
October 4, 2013
Inspiring film outling dilemmas rooted in cultural identity
September 17, 2013
Liked the overall movie. Cloris Leechman is great. Sad comment is Paz taking here daughter out of a school that would help here be successful instead wanting her to follow moms footsteps and be a struggling maid with no husband and this is seen as honorable
September 1, 2008
To be blunt, it just wasn't As Good As it Gets.
September 2, 2013
Just watched it. It was horrible. The film is very interesting and eventually it pulls you in, but right after you are in they let you done. He should have divorced the skanky-wife and married that hot maid. What the fuck, Adam Sandler. That was bullshit.