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Spanglish : The Movie

You keep expecting a different kind of movie.  Adam Sandler has made some horrible movies but this is not one of them.  You keep expecting this to be a love story or a comedy.  It is neither.  It is a Drama.  It is a heart wrenching drama where it is hard to determine who to root for.  A must see, first rate movie.   BestSyndicaton.com

John Clasky (Adam Sandler) is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have afforded his family (Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman) a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new housekeeper, Flor (Paz Vega), who has recently emigrated 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!

Cast List

Adam Sandler ... John Clasky
Téa Leoni ... Deborah Clasky
Paz Vega ... Flor Moreno
Cloris Leachman ... Evelyn Norwich
Shelbie Bruce ... Cristina
Sarah Steele ... Bernice
Ian Hyland ... Georgie
Victoria Luna ... Cristina, six-years-old
Cecilia Suárez ... Monica
Ricardo Molina ... Flor's Husband
Brenda Canela ... Luz

Director: James L. Brooks
 

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Theatrical Release Date: December 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
Run Time: 130 minutes

 

Edition Details:
 
Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
 ASIN:
B0007OCG56

 

 

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

Adam Richard Sandler, not surprisingly, was the odd one in his family. Born September 9th, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, Adam grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire after parents Stan and Judy relocated there. Sandler stood out because unlike his two sisters and brother, he did not excel in school.

After becoming a mainstay on SNL, Sandler moved on to make comedy classics like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and Big Daddy. His CDs also popularized his style of immature, creative jokes, bringing in platinum sales for each album he released. "The Chanukah Song" is arguably the best holiday jingle ever.

Back in the early Nineties, it was generally held that Saturday Night Live was finished. Having re-invigorated American comedy and spawned such cinematic stars as John and Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, it was reckoned that the show had run out of steam, that it had become childish, crude and desperately un-funny. None of the current crop would cut it in the movies. Well, maybe Dana Carvey...

Trivia: Which cerebral comedian discovered Adam in an L.A. comedy club?

"I'm just a buffoon. That's all. I look in the mirror, I see a buffoon. That's all I want to see."
-Adam Sandler

The Longest Yard (2005)
Spanglish (2004)
50 First Dates (2004)
Blossoms And Blood (video) (2003)
Couch (short) (2003)
Anger Management (2003)
The Hot Chick (2002)
8 Crazy Nights (voice) (2002)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Mr Deeds (2002)
Concert For New York City (TV) (2001)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (TV) (2001)
The Animal (2001)
Little Nicky (2000)
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (TV, as himself) (1999)
Saturday Night Live: The Best Of Adam Sandler (TV) (1999)
Big Daddy (1999)
The Waterboy (1998)
Dirty Work (19998)
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Bulletproof (1996)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Billy Madison (1995)
Mixed Nuts (1994)
Airheads (1994)
The Larry Sanders Show (TV series, one episode, as himself) (1993)
Coneheads (1993)
Shakes The Clown (1992)
Saturday Night Live (TV series) (1991-1995)
The Marshall Chronicles (TV series, one episode) (1990)
Going Overboard (1989)
The Cosby Show (TV series, 2 episodes) (1988)
The Cosby Show (TV series, 2 episodes) (1987)
Remote Control (TV series) (1987)

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Tea Leone

Birth Date: February 25, 1966
Birth Place: New York, New York


Tea Leoni was born Elizabeth Tea Pantaleoni on February 25, 1966, in New York City. Her father Anthony was a corporate lawyer, while her mother Emily was a professional nutritionist. She went to Brearley, a prominent private all-girls school on New York City's Upper East Side, graduated from a boarding school in Putney, Vermont, and then attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied anthropology and psychology.

Tea has starred in blockbuster features like Bad Boys and Deep Impact, but she's probably best known as Nora Wilde in the '90s hit sitcom, The Naked Truth.

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Paz Vega

She was born Paz Campos Trigo on January 2, 1976, in Seville, the Spanish town famous for Carmen and singing barbers. The slender and athletic Paz first dreamed of being a sports star and later aspired to politics. But at age 15, all it took was a day at the theater to cement her ambitions; a performance of La Casa de Bernarda Alba set her sights on acting for good. Height : 5' 8

She took her surname Vega from her grandmother. Majored in Journalism, but dropped out after two years to pursue her acting career. After two years at the acting school, she moved to Madrid, where she worked in bars while auditioning for every gig she heard about. Was a television star before making it in movies. Husband is Venezuelan. They met while vacationing on a Spanish island.

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James L. Brooks  Director
 
Date of birth (location)
9 May 1940
North Bergen, New Jersey, USA
 
Trivia
Owns Gracie Films which produces "The Simpsons".
 
Sometimes Credited As:
James Hell Brooks
Jim Brooks
 
Other movies:
 
  • Spanglish  (2004) (producer)
  • Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) (producer)
  • "What About Joan" (2001) TV Series (executive producer)
  • "The Critic" (2000) TV Series (executive producer)
    As Good as It Gets (1997) (producer)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996) (producer)
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    Editorial Reviews
    Amazon.com
    Anyone familiar with writer/director James L. Brooks (Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets) knows the man has a real feel for interesting women and a disarming way with a one-liner. The main women in Spanglish are Deborah Clasky (Téa Leoni), a moneyed SoCal mom, and non-English speaking Flor Moreno (Paz Vega), the beautiful Latina whom Deborah hires as a housekeeper. The one-liners, some of them amusing, are everywhere. Brooks provides an intriguing set-up for the two women to butt heads--Deborah's pudgy daughter Bernice (Sarah Steele) needs the affection at which Flor excels, while Flor's clever, bi-lingual daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce) is enamored of the financial advantages Deborah can provide--then proceeds to make Deborah so hatefully ignorant you can't imagine why her neuroses are the main thrust of the film. And Deborah's celebrated chef husband John (Adam Sandler, way over his head) is such a perfect parent he doesn't seem human--what happened to the Brooks who had Terms of Endearment mom Debra Winger turn to her scowling little boy and grunt "Don't make me hit you in the street"? Cloris Leachman has a nifty supporting role as Deborah's boozy, ex-jazz singer mother, but it's only one offbeat chord in an earnest film that hits all the wrong notes. --Steve Wiecking --This text refers to the
    Theatrical Release edition.

    Description
    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.

     

    Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
     

    Rated: PG-13 \  PG -13

    Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom

    DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005

    Run Time: 130
     

    ASIN: B0007OCG56

    Other Formats: VHS
     

    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars Based on 100 reviews. Write a review.
     

    Amazon.com Sales Rank: #216 in DVD

    Quotes from Spanglish:

    from trailer
    John Clasky: Worrying about your kids is sanity, and being that sane... can drive you nuts.

    to Deborah

    to the newspaper, upon seeing the 4-star restaurant review he didn't want

    Deborah Clasky: How are you nicer than me?
    John Clasky: You didn't set the bar that high.

    Walks away, reconsiders

    John Clasky: If you don't stop talking I'm going to set my hair on fire and start punching myself in the face.

    John Clasky: Think seriously about getting up. You don't have to get up right now, but are you thinking seriously about it?
    Georgie: Yes...

    Evelyn Wright: We have to talk.
    Deborah Clasky: Mother, are you buzzed?
    Evelyn Wright: No. I quit drinking weeks ago! No one noticed, but I guess that's a pretty good indicator that I conducted myself quite well when I was drunk. But this isn't about me right now.

    Deborah Clasky: Mother, I don't have time right now for one of your drunken rants.
    Evelyn Wright: Well, dear, it just so happens that I am completely sober. I gave up drinking three weeks ago, not that you've noticed... though I suppose the fact that you didn't speaks volumes of my ability to hold my liquor, but anyway...

    to Deborah

    John Clasky: They should name a gender after you.

    to John
    Flor Moreno: I love you.

    Deborah Clasky: So tell me again why I can't call him on his cell again?
    Evelyn Norwich: Besides that he turned it off?
    Deborah Clasky: Yeah.
    Evelyn Norwich: Forty messages starts to look needy.


     

    Trivia about Spanglish:
    • Anne Bancroft (I) was originally set to play Deborah's mother but had to pull out of the film.
    • Shot in sequence.
    • Two new scenes were shot when test audiences found the ending unsatisfying.
    • Teenage actress Sarah Steele gained approximately 15 pounds for her role as Bernice. She is usually either a size 1 or 2.
    • Paz Vegas did not speak English and the director does not speak Spanish. There was a translator on the set.
    • Though it was cut from the final version, it is revealed in the deleted scenes that Flor and Cristina came to the US via a small plane flown by Flor's husband's friend who flirted with Flor during the plane ride.
    • Sarah Steele was cast from over 2,000 young actresses.
    • The film had 13 previews to see the audiences' reaction.
    • The tape Flor used to learn English is a real tape.
    • The last bit of narration, where Cristina is accepted into Princeton, was a last-minute addition because test audiences wanted to know whether she got in or not.

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

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