Spanglish : The Movie
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be a love story or a comedy. It is neither. It is a
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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!
Adam Sandler ... John Clasky
Director: James L. Brooks
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
Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
Theatrical Release Date: December 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
Run Time: 130 minutes
Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
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
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.
"I'm just a buffoon. That's all. I look in the mirror, I see a
buffoon. That's all I want to see."
The Longest Yard (2005)
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)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Billy Madison (1995)
Mixed Nuts (1994)
The Larry Sanders Show (TV series, one episode, as himself) (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)
Birth Date: February
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.
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
James L. Brooks Director
Date of birth (location)
- 9 May 1940
North Bergen, New Jersey, USA
- Owns Gracie Films which produces
Spanglish (2004) (producer)
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
"What About Joan" (2001)
TV Series (executive
"The Critic" (2000)
TV Series (executive producer)
Sometimes Credited As:
- James Hell Brooks
- Other movies:
As Good as It Gets (1997) (producer)
Jerry Maguire (1996) (producer)
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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.
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,
Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
Run Time: 130
Other Formats: VHS
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Amazon.com Sales Rank: #216 in DVD
Quotes from Spanglish:
Trivia about Spanglish:
John Clasky: Worrying about your kids is sanity, and being that
sane... can drive you nuts.
to the newspaper, upon seeing the 4-star restaurant review he
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?
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
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...
John Clasky: They should name a gender after you.
Flor Moreno: I love you.
Deborah Clasky: So tell me again why I can't call him on his cell
Evelyn Norwich: Besides that he turned it off?
Deborah Clasky: Yeah.
Evelyn Norwich: Forty messages starts to look needy.
- 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
- 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.