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Spanglish
A beautiful, native Mexican woman becomes the housekeeper for an affluent, yet troubled, family (headed by Adam Sandler and Ta Leoni). The result is a collision of cultures and values, and a...  View more >

Starring Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman...  View more >

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Dec 28, 2004
I was surprised not to find more comments on this site for this movie. My wife and son enjoyed it with me and we all liked it. It is a lot more than a pleasant comedy and I feel it deserves more than the two and a half stars I saw in the formal reviews in the newspaper.

This movie not only develops the relationships between people with different value systems, but it contrasts those value systems in very interesting ways. It particularly contrasts the ego-building values of much of American society with the ego-submissive values of other societies. The movie also asks the very heavy question "Do I compromise my personal value system and my true self to better succeed in a society that worships materialism?"

If you are looking for a pleasant movie that will stir your thinking, this is a good one to see.
Dec 30, 2004
Jan 1, 2005
This film informs, entertains, involves, and questions. The characters, you care about and the pacing moves, just as a good film should. I especially enjoyed Cloris Leachman as the mom. You really do get caught up with the main character's dilemma of whether to "give in" to the man culture or to keep your own. The main character, to use Adam Sandler's line in the film, is "drop-dead gorgeous." I enjoyed the subplot of Adam and his wife, an overachiever if there ever was one. Yes, you wish the film could have talked more about the housekeeper's plight of how she dealt with living in a strange land, i.e. the film could have been even excellent, had it done that.
Jan 22, 2005
My favorite movie of the year. Much better than it's given credit for. You feel yourself slowly drawn into these characters which I love in a movie. It's not a chick flick. My husband liked it too!
Mar 16, 2005
On my top 10 list of 2004. The women were awesome. Sandler...a little bit.
Nov 30, 2005
I really wanted to like this movie. The premise sounded good, and I've liked movies with Tea Leoni in the past, and I had heard that the performances were very strong.

The biggest strike it had against it was the lead male role. I am no Adam Sandler fan. I've only liked one of the movies he's been in (Wedding Singer) and greatly disliked a few of the others that I've seen, and earnestly avoided the others. This movie could have worked much better if someone else had been chosen for his role. Since his is a major character, his performance pales in comparison to the excellent performances by everyone else, and thereby ruins its chances for greatness. I keep giving the guy chances, and I continue to be disappointed, so I think he'll go back on my "to avoid" list for a while...

As I said, everyone else's performances are great. Paz Vega is wonderful and beautiful and plays her role perfectly. Ta Leoni plays her character so unhinged that you wonder if she didn't require therapy after doing the movie!

Spanglish is a movie that is trying to make a statement. It fails in doing so effectively, even to the point of needing a voice-over narration at the beginning and the end to explain to the audience what the point was.
Jun 6, 2013
"Spanglish" may be a hard name to pronounce, but stick with me, it's a good but unusual movie. The forcus on the movie isn't on Adam Sandler's family, but on a Mexican woman who came to this country to work for an unhappy family played by Sandler and Tea Leoni. It's refreshing to see Adam Sandler in a role that is unlike the usual roles that he plays. I likre the performance of Pez Vega in a good role. I like her role a lot. I also loive the performance of Leoni as the wife. I love the actress, not because she is very beautiful, but I love her name. Very beautiful. the film is directed by James L. Brooks, who had a break from producing "The Simpsons" TV show. I like the movie, and and hope you do too.

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