Spanglish (2004)


“Is what you want for yourself to become someone very different than me? ” – Flor

Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Sep 2007 and 10 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A Mexican housekeeper and her daughter join a wealthy family on a summer trip where things get very complicated for all involved.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and didn’t recall much about it, so I decided to give it another try.

The premise is interesting and fun yet it gets lost along the way and doesn’t manage to find a way to recover.

The characters that they create for us are enjoyable to watch even if some of them eventually get a bit annoying due to the neurotic ways that they act.

The film chooses to bookend the story with an interesting gimmick, yet the use of narration makes the film lose part of its focus and fails to be as impactful as one would hope for.

The story seems to try too hard to find a strong message along the way and takes much too long to eventually find it, even if it isn’t as poignant as it should be.

The film has a great cast and Tea Leoni, Cloris Leachman and Paz Vega all shine here in their roles.

Adam Sandler tho is the standout since he plays a role that on the surface would seem like a strong miscasting of him yet he is able to show how great an actor he can be when given such a powerful dramatic role instead of the comedic ones we’re use to seeing him in.

Bottom Line – Fun film that looses itself part of the way through. The characters are enjoyable to watch even if some get a bit too annoying as things move along. The narration takes away from the impact of the story because it focuses too much on trying to find a message that it takes forever to actually get to. The cast is superb and Leoni, Leachman and Vega are all great here.  Sandler at first seems miscast in this role, but through the course of this film, it’s apparent that he is playing the part just right and shines once again in a dramatic role.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There was a translator on the set as Paz Vega did not speak English and Writer and Director James L. Brooks did not speak Spanish. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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