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Movie review: Spanglish

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Movie review: Spanglish


John and Deborah, a rich LA family, hire beautiful Mexican housekeeper Flor to take care of their daughter. Instead they embark on a rollercoaster ride of drama, ethics, and manners, with a few laughs along the way.

Adam Sandler (John), Tea Leoni (Deborah), Paz Vega (Flor), Cloris Leachman (Evelyn), Shelbie Bruce (Cristina), Sarah Steele (Bernice), Ian Hyland (George), Victoria Luna (Cristina - young), Cecilia Suarez (Monica).

Spanglish launches fairly well with some reasonably good humor while providing some character background and setup for the plot. As things get moving the comedy quiets down while the drama ramps up. At this point the plot is revealed as fairly generic love story with only a mild twist at the end for differentiation. At over 130 minutes of runtime, this one takes a lot longer than it should to make the simple point it does.

Acting was good with Sandler delivering his usual, but with less laughs. It was surprising not to see some of his friends in this one, as they are in most others. Leoni did well playing a neurotic housewife delightfully. Vega did well with her role, showing good emotion and response. Leachman brought her usual brand of fun and was a good addition. The remainder of the supporting cast did well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with nice detail and the film appears to have had a nice budget. Dialogue was good though some of the Spanish accents were a challenge. Sound and soundtrack were both nicely done.

Though not much of a comedy, Spanglish is a decent romantic drama with some laughs. Sandler fans may be disappointed as this one just doesn't have a lot of his usual crotch humor. Those looking for a decent drama will probably like Spanglish.

With some mild sexual content and brief foul language, this one should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2004
Reviewed: 4.14.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Movies, Romantic Comedies

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