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Spanglish (2004)


Coming Out at 17 December 2004 in theaters

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spanglish is romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks and starring Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, and Cloris Leachman. It was released in the United States on December 17, 2004 by Columbia Pictures. The film grossed $55 million worldwide on an $80 million production budget, and received mixed reviews from critics.

Cristina Moreno (Shelbie Bruce) is applying to Princeton University. For her application essay, she tells the story of a year from her childhood, and how it shaped the person she has become today (narrated by Aimee Garcia).

Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) is a poor Mexican single mother who moved to America undocumented years earlier seeking a better life for her and her daughter, Cristina. She takes on two jobs, but soon cannot maintain them, so Flor’s cousin helps her find work as a nanny and housekeeper for the Clasky family, consisting of John (Adam Sandler) and Deborah (Téa Leoni), their children Bernice (Sarah Steele) and Georgie (Ian Hyland), and Deborah’s mother Evelyn Wright (Cloris Leachman). John is a successful chef and an easygoing man who enjoys cooking and spending time with his children, while Deborah is a former businesswoman turned stay-at-home mother, and Evelyn is quietly alcoholic.

Deborah is uptight and her neurotic behavior often upsets the family – Deborah psychologically abuses her daughter, body-shaming Bernice by forcing her to exercise, buying her smaller-sized clothes and putting her down for certain behaviors; she frustrates John by expecting him to be submissive and accepting of her parenting style with Georgie. John is more laid back and supports the mental well-being of his children, but feels he cannot stand up to Deborah.

Director: James L. Brooks

Writer: James L. Brooks

Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce, Sarah Steele, Ian Donovan Hyland


Adam SandlerJohn Clasky
Téa LeoniDeborah Clasky
Paz VegaFlor
Cloris LeachmanEvelyn
Shelbie BruceCristina
Sarah SteeleBernice
Ian Donovan HylandGeorgie (as Ian Hyland)
Victoria LunaCristina (six years old)
Cecilia SuárezMonica
Ricardo MolinaFlor’s Husband
Brenda CanelaLuz
Eddy MartinFourteen-Year-Old Boy
Nicole NiethHostess at Fancy Restaurant
Jamie KalerBusinessman
James LancasterBusinessman
Phil RosenthalPietro
Angela GoethalsGwen
Sean SmithVictor – Maitre D’
Jonathan HernandezAlex
Thomas Haden ChurchMike – Realtor
Freddy SotoManuel
Wendy BraunYuppie Girl
Nichole HiltzYuppie Girl
Eric SchaefferRabid Sports Fan
Aimee GarciaNarrator (voice)
Jean GaskillArlene – School Director
Spencer LockeSleepover Friend
Sarah HylandSleepover Friend
Andrew SikkingChef
Albert MeleraChef
Liz CareyHostess at John’s Restaurant
Anastasia C. FordGirl on Balcony
Yasmeen AzizianGirl on Balcony
Daisy CruzGirl on Balcony
Kristha SazoGirl on Balcony
Morgan WardCoffee Patron
Cheryl WardCoffee Patron
Christian StoneUPS Guy
Antonio MunozMexican at Family Dinner
Storm AscherYoung Wedding Guest
Robby D. BruceWedding Guest / School Scene
Christopher MorenteLandscaper
Brennan W. PenneyWaiter
Natasha PerezYoung Wedding Guest
Tony Sagastizado IYoung Father
Rachel ZeskindPhoto Double

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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