Spanglish

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 130 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence
Sex

Simulated intercourse, crass sexual humor.

Language

Sexual gestures, disrespectful, not tea party talk for sure ("f--k," "s--t").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Put it this way: Grandma's a lovable drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a mess of mixed messages all neatly wrapped in stereotypes. There is an unfeeling scene of simulated sex, adultery, cruel mother/daughter behavior, drinking, drinking, drinking, and lots of salty language and gestures.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by[email protected] May 25, 2016

Conflicting points, hard to understand what is the message of the movie

So the movie is not a comedy, it's a drama. Not a single funny bit.
As for drama, the characters are not strpmg enough.
Not for kids for sure, the odd sex... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 12, and 15-year-old Written byOn The Road wit... July 27, 2010

Great Spanish/English Movie with Strong Moral Message

*Spoilers*
I love the way that this movie mixes Spanish and English and how Flor struggles to learn English once it becomes necessary to know the language in or... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 10, 2020

Good Comedy Movie

There is a sexy part where the two people are in bed together. You should just skip over that. I think that it's a easy movie to watch.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJacob Hetfield April 17, 2019

What's the story?

SPANGLISH centers on Flor (Paz Vega), a single immigrant mother from Mexico who is trying to raise her beautiful daughter, Cristina (Shelbie Bruce). Flor goes to work as a maid for wealthy but kind chef John (Adam Sandler), and his mean-spirited wife Deborah (Tea Leoni). Deborah's daughter Bernice (Sarah Steele) isn't good enough for her perfectionist mother, who takes over the care and grooming of Cristina while the kind Flor nurses the emotional bruises of the constantly criticized Bernice. Also living at the home is Deborah's alcoholic mother (Cloris Leachman), who frequently points out her daughter's faults. Deborah and John's marriage is in trouble, and John finds himself falling for Flor, who is struggling to learn English and trying to keep her daughter grounded and on track as Deborah continues to spoil the girl.

Is it any good?

This movie preys on every known stereotype in its reach for laughter, and leaves everyone looking pretty bad. Where to begin? The witchy wife? The drunken mother-in-law? The now stale portrayal of the hapless Adam Sandler as the sweet husband who's at the mercy of all the fates around him? Tea Leoni portrays uptight Deborah with brutal coldness, which overshadows any supposed comic relief coming from Cloris Leachman's character, who is supposed to stand as some sort of moral arbiter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about classism and sexism. They might ask their kids what the filmmakers were trying to say about marriage, mother/daughter relationships, and cultural identity.

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