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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.
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