A Day Without a Mexican

2004

A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

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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 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.

Cast

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

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Sep 17, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Charming if amateurish farce of a movie.

Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened.

Aug 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes.

Jun 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for A Day Without a Mexican

Starts out funny, and then just stays rather boring...

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

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I know I've seen this movie but it was pretty forgettable.

Megan S
Megan S

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.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

½

[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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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