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Spanglish (2004)
USA / English
"A comedy with a language all its own. "
A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.
Adam Sandler John Clasky
Téa Leoni Deborah Clasky
Paz Vega Flor Moreno
Cloris Leachman Evelyn Wright
Shelbie Bruce Cristina
Sarah Steele Bernice
Ian Hyland Georgie
Victoria Luna Cristina, six-years-old
Cecilia Suárez Monica (as Cecilia Suarez)
Ricardo Molina Flor's Husband
Brenda Canela Luz
Eddy Martin Fourteen Year-Old Boy
Nicole Nieth Hostess at Fancy Restaurant
Jamie Kaler Businessman
James Lancaster Businessman
Director: James L. Brooks
Producer: Julie Ansell,James L. Brooks,Richard Sakai
Writer: James L. Brooks
as good as it gets
Like life itself, this film mixes comedy and drama, portraying a cultural and economic divide between a Mexican housekeeper and her daughter and the well to do family that she works for. In the end it's a brilliant take on the shallowness, materialism, and trendy upper class lifestyles of the latter. The central contrast of Paz Vega as Flor, the beautiful but down to earth housekeeper and Tea Leoni as Deborah Claskey, the well off homemaker and fitness buff is so true and humorous it's almost uncomfortable at times. It encompasses much of the emptiness of a wasteful upper middle class that fixates on physical fitness and not intellectual development. Tea Leoni's performance as Deborah nails so much of the manners and prevailing intrinsic attitudes. She is put out there for all of us to laugh at, her stereotyped characterization not far from a sad reality. From James Brooks who gave us As Good As It Gets, Spanglish is almost better, coming out now, and being very sympathetic to the situation as well as bringing out the best in its cast.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 6.8
Musician: Hans Zimmer
Running time: 131 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3