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  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2004
  • James L Brooks
  • 125 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy drama starring Paz Vega, Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni. Single parent Flor and her beloved young daughter Cristina flee Mexico for a new life in LA. Settled in a Latino community, Flor has no reason to venture out or learn English, until the day she becomes housekeeper to the affluent Clasky family. A fish out of water, she finds their American culture a total shock, particularly when parent Deborah Clasky decides to compete for Cristina's affections.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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John ClaskyAdam Sandler
Deborah ClaskyTéa Leoni
FlorPaz Vega
EvelynCloris Leachman
CristinaShelbie Bruce
BerniceSarah Steele
GeorgieIan Hyland
Cristina, aged sixVictoria Luna
Mike, realtorThomas Haden Church

Crew

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DirectorJames L Brooks

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2005-02-25
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Edited for language and sex scenes, and contains violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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