Mixed messages wrapped in stale stereotypes.
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
This isn’t a comedy
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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.
- In theaters: December 17, 2004
- On DVD or streaming: April 5, 2005
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Tea Leoni
- Director: James L. Brooks
- Studio: Sony Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 130 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: some sexual content and brief language
- Last updated: February 21, 2023
Our Editors Recommend
As Good as It Gets
Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.
In Good Company
A so-so script but great performances.
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