James L. Brooks
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John Clasky (Adam Sandler) is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have afforded his family (Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman) a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new housekeeper, Flor (Paz Vega), who has recently immigrated to L.A. from Mexico, and is trying to find a better life for her remarkable daughter, Cristina (Shelbie Bruce), who is rapidly embracing the American way of life. When Flor and Cristina move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous...especially when you're being embraced by an affluent, eccentric American family!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 164
- Fresh: 87
- Rotten: 77
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: With his unerring eye for characters, even their hidden dark corners, Brooks makes Spanglish a rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
Fresh: A performer's showcase. While the pleasantly sentimental comedy doesn't bowl you over with cinematic technique, it's likely to make audiences happy.
Rotten: Offensive because it turns liberal self-abasement into self-congratulation.
Rotten: There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.
This is one of the first Adam Sandler movies I've been able to enjoy. He takes the physical comedy notch down and doesn't say "witty" asides that aren't quite witty this time around. Instead, he lets the movie take focus on other aspects, like... Things that matter. I don't mean to offend Sandler, but his brand of comedy has been big for a long time now. It's nice to see him in a likable role. The movie itself is pretty good. I like what I've seen of James L. Brooks. This is no exception. I like the direction this movie takes. It does not merely focus on the potential romance between the characters of Sandler and Vega, but on the introduction/induction of Vega's daughter to Sandler's family. Everything that happens seems to be realistic. The laughs are genuine, as well as the potential tears. My one complaint is that I would have liked to see more of how Tea Leoni's character changed Vega's character's daughter. Sure, there were the highlights and bringing her to a new school and spending time with her instead of her own daughter, but... I felt there could have been more. There could have been more for the entire movie, perhaps. Fortunately, few scenes are unnecessary. The grandmother feels as though she was added on just for an extra set of laughs and some advice to give when all is said and done. Aside from that, there is little wrong with this movie. It's another worthy film by Brooks.
"Left! Left!" (anyone remember that quote?)
Oh my gosh do I remember seeing this movie! I saw it quite a few times. I expected it to be so-so, but it turned out to be a really heartwarming and sentimental movie. The chemistry between Paz Vega and Adam Sandler is very romantic. Cloris Leachman is absolutely hilarious and steals the scenes she's in. But what makes this movie so special to me is the message it portrays about family and relationships. I can't give away too much, because I want you to see this film. But each time I see this film, it brings a smile to my face, and it also brings back memories of when I first saw the movie.
Paz Vega's character makes this movie amazing. I am a huge sucker for movies with great role models, and the underlying point of this movie is how Shelbie Bruce's character looks up to her mother because of her strong character. I won't lie I shed a few tears... but in addition to the inspiration there is a nice story with some great actors (Sandler is great in this movie). Definitely a movie I've watched more than once.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2004
- © 2004 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.