A Day Without a Mexican


A Day Without a Mexican

Critics Consensus

A Day Without a Mexican is a preachy and heavy-handed satire that fails to deliver anything of substance.



Total Count: 22


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Movie Info

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.


Yareli Arizmendi
as Lila Rodriguez
John Getz
as Senator Steven Abercombie III
Maureen Flannigan
as Mary Jo Quintana
Muse Watson
as Louis McClaire
Caroline Aaron
as Aunt Gigi
Tony Abatemarco
as Talk Show Host
Melinda Allen
as Ellen Abercrombie
Eduardo Palomo
as Roberto Quintana
Bru Muller
as George McClaire
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Critic Reviews for A Day Without a Mexican

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Audience Reviews for A Day Without a Mexican

  • Dec 24, 2008
    Starts out funny, and then just stays rather boring...
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2008
    This movie is really cheesy and looked like something from 1984 rather than 2004 but it does start a good conversation about immigration and makes you think!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2007
    I know I've seen this movie but it was pretty forgettable.
    Megan S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2006
    This movie was disappoiting. It had a low production value and all the characters were just gross characterizations. The acting was not all that good. They could have done more with the movie, but instead they went for the cheesy.
    Nathan L Super Reviewer

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