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Spanglish (2004)

Adam Sandler , Téa Leoni , James L. Brooks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce
  • Directors: James L. Brooks
  • Writers: James L. Brooks
  • Producers: James L. Brooks, Aldric La'auli Porter, Christy Haubegger, Francine Maisler, Joan Bradshaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spanglish" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director James L. Brooks and crew commentary
  • 12 Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
  • Screenplay DVD ROM
  • Casting Sessions Featurette with optional commentary
  • "How to Make the World's Greatest Sandwich featuring Thomas Keller of French Laundry" featurette
  • HBO First Look: The Making of Spanglish featurette
  • Previews

Editorial Reviews

John Clasky (Adam Sandler) is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have afforded his family (T=E9a 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.

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118 of 129 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
When movie trailers come out months before the release of a film and movie billboards crowd the malls and other places trying to convince the public of what to expect (read 'how can we guarantee making the most money from the biggest crowd?'), it is difficult to get motivated to step over the hype and decide for yourself the merits and message of a little movie.

SPANGLISH used slapstick approach, beginning with focus on Adam Sandler of the superfluff/toilet mouth 'comedy' genre, to publicize this little story into a COMEDY. That was enough to keep this viewer out of the theater. But seeing James L. Brooks current opus at home without all the hoopla of the theater crowd resulted in a pleasant discovery: this is a well-written little drama, peppered with some comedy, that addresses a lot of issues about parenting, cross-ethnicity, living your dream vs skimming off the top, having loyalty to the inner self, the desperate need for communication in today's loud world, alcoholism, etc. Not the stuff for slapstick, nor is it treated that way.

John Clasky (Adam Sandler in a straight role that allows him to show substance over pratt falls) is a successful chef who is able to support his family with a home in Beverly Hills and a summer home at the beach (obviously Malibu). His wife Deborah (Tea Leoni in a wildly dysfunctional mother role which she handles well), in desperation for breathing room to pursue her lackluster life, hires a non-English speaking Latina maid Flor (Paz Vega) who has immigrated to the US with her young daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce, a amazingly bilingual young actress) to make a life for herself after her husband has left her.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performances With Great Depth By All! July 10, 2006
Format:DVD
Everyone in this movie gives an amazingly moving performance. Not only is it Adam Sandler's best performance(because he is not trying to be a fool!), but also Tea Leoni's. She shows herself to be a fine comedic actress with amazingly perfect timing. Also remarkable is Paz Vega, especially when you consider that she learned English in the movie along with the character she plays(life imitating art!). Even the children were perfectly convivncing. I hope you get a chance to see the deleted scenes, many of which should have been left in! Some of them are very funny, and some very touching. A simple way to state the lesson that this story eloquently expresses, is the difficulty people in families have in communicating with each other, whether they speak the same language or not. This is an excellent example of how it is possible for a perfect movie to come out of the great Hollywood machine! All fans of the independent style film will love this movie and it is a great family film, as well.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Big Fat Hispanic Wedding? Not quite, but still fun December 13, 2004
I don't particularly love Adam Sandler's comedies. Fortunately, "Spanglish" is not one of them! It's more of a James L. Brooks movie. Once again, he writes, directs and produces, as he did with the classic "Terms of Endearment" back in 1983, and more recently, with "As Good as It Gets".

Sandler plays John Clasky, a renowned chef who is in the prime of his professional career. He's the classic "good guy", who loves his family and keeps a great balance between the time he devotes to work and the time with his kids. Plus he loves his insecure wife Deborah, played by Tea Leoni (Deep Impact, The Family Man), one wacky lady who has put her career on hold to raise her family.

Complementing the cast is Paz Vega, who broke into international stardom playing Lucia in "Sex and Lucia". She plays Flor (with rolled "R" at the end), a protective Mexican mom who wants to stay as close as possible to her native Mexican values, even while living in the heart of L.A., cleaning and cooking for the Clasky family.

While the plot does lead into some predictable events (don't mean to spoil the story for you), this is not your "typical" Adam Sandler movie. As a matter of fact, some of the most hilarious moments are not courtesy of the legend from "The Wedding Singer" and Saturday Night Live, but rather the result of the head-on encounter of two cultures, where no side can speak the other's language or easily understand each other's motivations.

With a balance between humor and drama that is preserved throughout most of the plot, the movie stands a good chance of being almost as popular as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was a back in 2002.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie July 16, 2011
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I love this movie. It is about being a decent person and knowing there is value in doing the right thing. the movie is insightful and touching.
This is not a brainless action/comedy/ romantic comedy movie. It is an observation of real interactions between people and how people and things in life dont turn out the way you expected. That being said, it is a sweet, sensitive story and the homes are fabulous.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Another reviewer here calls the movie "an absolute work of art encapsulating the deepest and most significanty fundamental ideas of giving up that which we love, or which we yearn to become for the sake of our children." I agree. But I think it's about even more besides the mother/daughter, generational/cultural values tug-of-wars.

Spanglish "opens the serape" on glaring American manias and cruelties that we seem to have become blinded to: the driven, masculinized American white woman who has lost the power of feminity and unintentionally but inexorably torments herself and her family; the ethical and cultural dilemmas posed by the Grand Canyon socioeconomic divide between Anglos and Latinos. Especially in California, a Latino "underclass" props up every corner of the affluent middle-class lifestyle. Who cleans the sprawling houses, buses tables and washes dishes in restaurants, mows the lawn and tends the garden, builds the subdivions and strip malls? I could go on and on. It's a new caste system that whites, as top dogs, seem oblivious to.

Spanglish reveals all the messy realities with a compassionate eye, humor and visual gloss. Balancing on the tightrope between pure entertainment and profound human and social insight while making us laugh is what makes this a masterpiece. The movie's flaws, like it's characters, are ultimately forgiveable because they are so universally human. I buy few DVDs, but this will be one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
disk was received in good condition and played beautifully.
Published 11 days ago by Robert T. Owens
1.0 out of 5 stars They couldn't find any Mexicans to play a Mexican?
Okay, I've only watched this for a few minutes, but I am extremely aggravated that the part of the Mexican lady was not played by someone Mexican or even from Latin America. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. B. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars In any language
This film is James Brooks at his best, both as a writer and director. The script is a rare gem of wit, insight, and thoughtfulness brought to its full lustre by an ideal cast: Adam... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erin Ann Rouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick with stellar cast
Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Chloris Leachman & the kid cast are great in this movie about family, cultural differences, and the ties that bind.
Published 4 months ago by Karen Hofferber
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
One of my favorite movies, so glad to be able to get it at Amazon for such a good price.
Published 5 months ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Spanglish Movie
This very entertaining romantic comedy with Adam Sandler and Paz Vega is a really wonderful movie. It's one of Sandler's better movies of recent years similar to 50 First Dates for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard L. Honnick
5.0 out of 5 stars calling all rom/com fans
adam sandler as a mature grown up w/ real life problems: a neurotic, cheating wife, a beautiful daughter the wife is ashamed of, a son no one seems to notice, and a beautiful new... Read more
Published 6 months ago by michele a.
1.0 out of 5 stars It will give you nightmares!
PLEASE! Do not let anyone you know who has suicidal tendencies watch this movie! It's that bad! It doesn't deserve a single star, but as we all know, that's the only choice we've... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Greg De Lay
5.0 out of 5 stars movie was excellent
I needed this for a class at college and it came on time and was excellent. I got the movie right away and the movie was easy to work with for my paper.
Published 7 months ago by Noreen McComish
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this from Amazon
This product is great, but buy it from someone other than Amazon. Customer service is terrible and refuses to provide any help whatsoever if anything goes wrong. Read more
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