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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 (264 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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  • 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 (264 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,339 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
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performances With Great Depth By All! July 10, 2006
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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Sandler Comedy April 26, 2005
By Cubist
James L. Brooks' latest movie, Spanglish, seemed to fly right under the critical and commercial radar despite the presence of Adam Sandler. Perhaps it was the misleading trailers that pegged the movie as some kind of goofy Sandler comedy. This couldn't be farther from the truth as the story is told by a young Mexican girl named Christina about her mother, Flor and their misadventures in America.

Those expecting Spanglish to be a typical Sandler movie will be disappointed. Brooks prolongs his first on-screen appearance for as long as possible and when it does happen it is in a subtle, understated way with no fanfare. For the first half of the movie, Sandler plays a supporting role, allowing the other actors room to do their thing and then, in the last half, he comes to the foreground as the drama between him and Leoni's character comes to a boil. As brilliant as he was in Punch-Drunk Love, Sandler is even better in Spanglish, dropping most of his usual schtick by playing a nice, normal guy who loves his family. He hits all the right comedic beats but in a quiet, restrained way and ably handles the serious moments too.

Ultimately, Brooks' films are about tolerance and optimism in a time when our society is so cynical and jaded. His movies happen in spite of the world outside. Very few mainstream American films deal with class differences and Spanglish tackles it head on as Flor and her daughter's Mexican heritage clash with the Clasky's upscale world.

There is an audio commentary by writer/director James L. Brooks and the film's editors, Richard Marks and Tia Nolan. He speaks eloquently about Spanglish with the editors chiming in occasionally.

There are 12 additional scenes, totaling 30 minutes, with optional commentary by Brooks and his editors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great familiy/adult movie about a Spannish housekeeper who gains a ...
Great familiy/adult movie about a Spannish housekeeper who gains a housekeeper family with a Maliboo family, the father- Adam Sandler; the mother Tia Leoni; and their two children. Read more
Published 2 days ago by perry ander
4.0 out of 5 stars I hate this movie
I hate this movie, had to buy it to watch for a class, but everything is in perfect condition, so if you like the movie...well, this is a good buy.
Published 3 days ago by Yokuutsu
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the case was not in good shape when i got it but the movie still worked.
Published 27 days ago by Emerz21
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by zgirl55
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting story, one that really gets your attention. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Such a funny movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise of Virtue from Hollywood
The most serious roll I've seen Adam Sandler in, this touching little family show has an unprecedented maturity as to parenting and personal virtue. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Saturday night with the wife/girlfriend movie
I love Paz Vega. She's the most beautiful woman on the planet. The movie is fun to watch, but only as a platform to see her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta see it!
Love this movie! Love Adam Sandler. All the characters work well in this film together!
Published 2 months ago by beth raines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent transaction and product!
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