James L Brooks (2004)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Spanish and English-speaking cultures collide to poignant effect in this astute comedy drama from As Good as It Gets director James L Brooks. An engaging film that's anchored by strong performances, it sees Mexican single mother Flor (Paz Vega) become housekeeper to a rich but troubled LA couple (played by Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni). At first unable to communicate in English, she's thrown into an alien world, whose emotional mechanics she finds hard to understand. Initially, Leoni's shrill and highly strung Deborah is as jarring to watch as she is for Flor to experience, which gives the picture a misleading sense of farce. Fortunately, the tale quickly finds its level, comfortably balancing wry laughs and uplifting sentiment. The contrast between Flor's pure heart and Deborah's unthinking bluntness is especially moving, highlighted perfectly by Flor's gentle interaction with her employers' daughter (a wonderful Sarah Steele). But it's Sandler's turn as the unhappy husband that's the real surprise, as he manages to be both effortlessly natural and quietly charming.


A Mexican woman is offered a well-paid job as housekeeper to a wealthy American celebrity chef, and relocates with her daughter to Los Angeles - but her employer's neurotic wife causes all sorts of problems. Comedy directed by James L Brooks, starring Paz Vega, Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni and Cloris Leachman.

Cast & Crew

John Clasky Adam Sandler
Deborah Clasky Téa Leoni
Flor Paz Vega
Evelyn Cloris Leachman
Cristina Shelbie Bruce
Bernice Sarah Steele
Georgie Ian Hyland
Cristina, aged six Victoria Luna
Mike, realtor Thomas Haden Church
Director James L Brooks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for language and sex scenes, and contains violence. Available on: DVDReleased on: 25 Feb 2005