This article examines the cast of the romantic comedy film Spanglish. Continue reading the conclusion for additional information.
James L. Brooks wrote and directed the 2004 romantic comedy-drama Spanglish, which stars Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, and Cloris Leachman. Columbia Pictures released the film in the United States on December 17, 2004.
It flopped at the movie office, collecting $55 million worldwide on an $80 million budget. The film garnered mixed reviews from critics, who praised Sandler and Vega’s performances but criticized the narrative.
Plot of Spanglish
In 1992, Flor Moreno, a destitute Mexican single mother, and her daughter Cristina immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Her cousin assists her in obtaining a position as a housekeeper for the Clasky family: John and Deborah, their children Bernice and Georgie, and Deborah’s mother Evelyn Wright.
John is a cook and a relaxed family man. Deborah was once an entrepreneur and is now a stay-at-home mother, whilst Evelyn is a shy alcoholic. Deborah, who is anxious and neurotic, irritates everyone, psychologically abuses Bernice and body-shames her, and bullies John, insisting that he always supports her.
John is caught between defending his kids’ mental well-being, and his dominating wife. Cristina and Bernice begin their first day of school as the summer comes to a close. Cristina is permitted to bring her school classmates back to the Claskys’ home that afternoon, but Bernice is not.
Flor, who was not asked for permission, is unhappy; Deborah attempts to defend Cristina. Evelyn, who is now sober and aware of her daughter’s affair, warns Deborah that her marriage is in jeopardy. She implores Deborah to terminate the affair, claiming she will never find another man as good as John.
Deborah informs John about the affair and begs him for reconciliation. However, John walks out dejectedly, colliding with Flor. Giving her a ride, she announces her resignation, and they proceed to his restaurant, where he prepares a meal for her.
Realizing they cannot have a relationship, they kiss and have a sincere, profound talk. Deborah’s behavior is attributed to Evelyn’s failures as a parent, despite her urgent attempts to contact John. During their candid talk, they become closer to one another.
The following day, Flor arrives to take Cristina home and informs her that she has quit her work, which upsets Cristina. As they part, John tells Flor that he will be envious of whoever ends up with her.
Flor further angers Cristina on the drive home when she informs her that she cannot attend the private school. Cristina shouts in the street, claiming that Flor has ruined her life.
After requesting “distance” from her mother, Flor informs her that she must answer a vital question: “Is your aspiration to become someone extremely different from me?” On the bus ride home, Cristina analyses this, and they reconcile and embrace.
Cast of Spanglish
- Adam Sandler as John Clasky
- Paz Vega as Flor Moreno
- Téa Leoni as Deborah Clasky
- Cloris Leachman in the role of Evelyn Wright
- Aimee Garcia narrates the story (Adult Cristina Moreno)
- Shelbie Bruce at the age of 12 Cristina
- Victoria Luna as 6-year-old Cristina
- Sarah Steele in the role of Bernice “Bernie” Clasky
- Ian Hyland as George “Georgie” Clasky
- Jake Pennington in the role of Young George
- Cecilia Suárez as Monica
- Thomas Haden Church as Realtor Mike
- Antonio Muoz as a Mexican during the Family Thanksgiving
- Spencer Locke as Overnight Companion
- Sarah Hyland as Sleepover Friend
Production of Spanglish
Sandler was cast by Brooks after his dramatic performance in Punch-Drunk Love. When filming began, Vega could not speak English, therefore a translator was present so she could interact with the director. Leachman replaced Anne Bancroft, who quit the role due to sickness after four weeks of filming.
Reception of Spanglish
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 54% approval rating based on 168 critic reviews, with an average score of 6/10. The majority of critics states, “Paz Vega sparkles, and Adam Sandler provides a mature and nuanced performance, but Spanglish is ultimately undone by sitcom scripting and unwarranted uplift.”
It has a Metacritic score of 48% based on the opinions of 36 reviewers, which indicates “mixed or average reviews.” Audiences polled by CinemaScore assigned the picture a B+ on a scale from A to F.
Its advocates assert that it is a touching depiction of the difficulty of family issues and self-identity (and perhaps to a lesser extent the difficulties and rewards of cross-cultural communication).
Advocates of the film felt Leoni and Sandler’s powerful sexual chemistry to be particularly captivating. Some critics described the film as “uneven” and “awkward,” for example,
when “John and Flor attempt to bare their souls to one another… lots of words coming out of their mouths, but no context” and “The supporting performers deserve better, especially… Cloris Leachman, who’s consigned to a demeaning role… the butt of rather mean-spirited jokes.”