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Spanglish [DVD] [2005]

Adam Sandler , Téa Leoni , John Seale    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce
  • Directors: John Seale
  • Producers: Hans Zimmer, Julie Ansell, James L. Brooks
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XMLU2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 enamoured 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, Amazon.com

Product Description

Comedy from acclaimed multiple Oscar-winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks. A beautiful native Mexican woman Flor (Paz Vega), the mother of an equally stunning 12-year-old, becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni and Anne Bancroft). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, Flor had never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful surprise of a movie 13 July 2005
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The first thing you need to know about Spanglish is that it is not a comedy; it is a drama with bits of humor spread throughout its two plus hours' running time. Adam Sandler is not the main focus of the film, nor is he the kind of boisterous character we are so used to seeing; he is, in fact, exceedingly mellow and serious here. Spanglish is really all about the boundaries of culture, economic standing, and social circles, centering on a Mexican mother who brings her daughter to America and spends several life-changing months working for a rich restaurant chef and his increasingly insane wife. This film has heart, and it has it in spades.
Paz Vega (who is, I have to say, absolutely gorgeous) plays Flor Moreno, a young mother who comes to America to give her daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce) the best life possible. Not knowing a word of English, she works two jobs to make ends meet - until she accepts a housekeeping job with the Clasky family. The Claskys are not exactly normal. The husband, John (Adam Sandler), is a wildly successful chef who always seems to be in sort of a fog, while the wife, Deborah (Tea Leoni), is a narcissistic woman with an ever-growing number of neuroses and an almost infinite capacity to annoy. Their daughter needs the kind of support that Deborah seems incapable of providing, while their son must have been put in the film as a favor to someone important because he serves no purpose whatsoever in the story. Cloris Leachman shines as Deborah's wise mother who has plenty of advice to give based on her own mistakes.
Things are going OK until the family rents a summer cottage on the beach, and Flor and Cristina move in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars warm! 2 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
This movie is not about gags or laughs, as many would think, since Adam Sandler is in it. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful movie, poetic, warm, interesting, nice flaw and tempo. If I would try to find a genre for the movie, I would say it is a story. The feeling is similar to reading a book, and will guarantee a nice, cozy summer evening, for those who seek some not so shallow entertainment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something underneath. 11 Jan 2006
By E. WISE
Format:DVD
It's nice to see Adam Sandler in another film which isn't a comedy.
I really enjoyed some elements of this film, it's got some quirky characters which in some way really don't fit with the serious underlying plot and character developments in this film. I think this already is what makes this film intresting.
It ahs it quirky moments to go with it's characters, the humour is very subtle in a very Wes Anderson esque way but far less pretentious and in a sort of pretty honest way.
Adam Sandler plays much like he did in 'Punch Drunk Love' a very believeable charcter. The charcter has elements of what we are use to from him but it's very much more grounded.
Paz Vega who plays Flor Moreno ( The maid/house help form mexico) is the main focus, the character is so loveable,and the language barrier between her and the family she works for provides some sort of child like naiviety which is juxtaposed with her daughter who almost lacks as she acts as the tranlator and in turn also begins to get sucked away from her mother. In short the stroy is about them.
I had to look past the average narration which starts the film and guides it every now and then, and unfortunately ends with it. Thats what made it so cliched. It has this subtle beauty underneath i felt and as you watch these peopel, quirky and intresting characters interact and develope, you can begin to realise this.
This is a nice film but had it's flaws, which do let down or take the shine off and on some level distract. It should be watched with an open mind and is definatley not everyones cup of tea. I would give it the time again because it makes me smile but a place in my DVD collection is another matter.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half-Ended American Dream 13 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD thinking it was going to be a romantic comedy of the type of "The Wedding Singer" or "50 first dates" making an enjoyable night for me and my girlfriend. However, it turned into an enjoyable night just for my girlfriend.
The movie is more like a Romantic-Drama, if that exists. It tends to mirror the mexican "telenovela" (where the poor maid always gets her way and marry the rich handsome guy) into a Hollywood story. However, it incorporates the new american culture of lack of identity (pictured in the american mother).
For the first time, you can see Adam Sandler in a serious character, where he has to show a bit of acting skills and Leoni acting a totally different character than what she is used to.
The story shows a different aspect of the way hispanic immigrants are pictured in America and I would recommend it if you like stories about how to live the american dream, but I wouldn't bother to buy it if you are Sandler's comedy fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Watchable 15 Jan 2014
By M.T.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Seen this film, or bits of it, many times. Excellent. Not Adam Sandler's usual type of film. There is No slapstick or knock about comedy. It is funny, but in a more sarcastic, educated, witty way. The whole team of actors work well together and they are all included in the story, everyone has a part to play. Definitely a film for all of the family, although there is a 'noisy' bedroom scene near the beginning, which mums and dads, of children under about 13, may wish to remove child from room for, just a few minutes - maybe send them to get a snack out of the cupboard or to the toilet - until that bit is over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fine
Can only say it does what its meant to do what more can you ask of something, no problems here
Published 2 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, family oriented, realistic
I saw a half of the movie on TV and wanted to see it from the beginning. Met my expectations fully.
Published 3 months ago by Milutin Srbulov
5.0 out of 5 stars SPANGLISH
About a Spanish women and her daughter coming to the USA to find work. She starts to work for a family. They become friends.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the girls
Apart from one explicit scene, this a great film to watch with your daughter(s) as I did. It explores lots of issues which ignite conversation around growing up and morals.
Published 4 months ago by Fi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Very good history
If u have the chance buy it
Incredible
Very good experience to learning and to be concerning about others
Published 10 months ago by sheila soares
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanglish
Fabulous film, loved it, a real tear jerker. One to watch with your mum/daughter. Adam Sandler, great as always :)
Published 13 months ago by Gwen Bonnici
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 14 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for teachers of English
Great to introduce multiculturalism and multilingualism! Light, fun, but quite "serious" to debate immigration, cultural identity, along with family values. Read more
Published 14 months ago by moka
4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden fruit
Spanglish follows Mexican mother Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) & daughter Cristina Moreno's (Shelbie Bruce) emigration to Los Angeles USA, where she is trying to find a better life for... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jules
3.0 out of 5 stars You will love or hate this film
If you are thinking about watching this film because you think it's going to be an Adam sandler comedy then don't watch it because it's not. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by jwest
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