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Actors: Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman

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Spanglish
Directed by James L. Brooks, 2004
Staring Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman

Flor, a young Mexican woman, upon being abandoned by her husband vows to make a good life for her daughter. After struggling for a few years in Mexico, Flor decides they have to move to the United States in order to survive. Wanting to raise her daughter as a Mexican, Flor chooses Los Angels, a city that is 45% Mexican, as their new home. Settling into an all Mexican neighborhood and working three jobs, Flor is able to provide her daughter with both security and a Mexican culture. However, with her mother away working all the time, the daughter, free of parental supervision, soon falls in with the wrong crowd. Upon discovering this, Flor is forced to venture into the Anglo world to find a higher paying job as a maid in an upscale household.

Flor quickly finds a job with the Clasky family and things go well despite the fact that Flor speaks no English the the Clasky's speak no Spanish. Better still, her new job as a maid pays more than her combined pay working three jobs, thus freeing her to spend more time with her daughter.

New challenges quickly arise as Deborah Clasky (Téa Leoni) decides the family should spend the summer at the beach and rents a home on the ocean in Malibu. This is no problem for her husband John (Adam Sandler), a chef, as it is still a reasonable commute to the restaurant he owns. However, for Flor this is a problem as there is no bus service between Malibu and her home in central Los Angeles. Deborah solves this problem by providing Flor and her daughter with living quarters in the beach home. Deborah's relationship with Flor is strained as she attempts to steer Flor's daughter toward her own upper middle class American lifestyle and away from Flor's desire to raise her daughter as a Mexican. Deborah's compulsive tendencies are also alienating her from her husband and mother causing John to drift toward a relationship with Flor.
The review of this Movie prepared by Chuck Nugent








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Hispanic/Spanish    -   American Pacific Coast Woman/class/friends story?    -   immigrant story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   sex under blankets

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