Movie a Day #216: Spanglish

Pariah

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The Cast: Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Téa Leoni, Cloris Leachman

The Director: James L. Brooks

The Story (from the NYTimes): James L. Brooks, one of the smartest and sunniest men in Hollywood, turns his attention to class division, cultural misunderstanding and marital discord in Los Angeles — all subject ripe for the kind of warm-hearted comedy in which he specializes and all of them treated with astonishing smugness and dishonesty. Mr. Sandler plays John Clasky, a successful chef who almost falls for his maid, Flor (Paz Vega), a situation that Mr. Brooks rescues from sleaziness by making Jack's wife, Deborah (Téa Leoni) a thoroughgoing monster — irredeemably selfish, vain and ridiculous. Deborah, a bad mother and a useless wife, serves as the film's scapegoat, and her demonization contrasts with the idealization of Flor in a way that manages to be both overtly misogynist and implicitly racist. Adam Sandler smiles through it all, playing a nice guy who unwittingly personifies the film's self-adoring liberal bad faith. — A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Pariah's Take: I liked this movie more than I nthought I would. It was decent, in a chick-flick kinda way. Cloris Leachman stole the show, IMO.
3.25 out of 5 stars.

PS--The actress who plays Flor is smoking hot (below).
 
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Bada0Bing

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Pariah said:
PS--The actress who plays Flor is smoking hot (below).


I saw this a while back on HBO. No kidding about Flor. Luckily she has 6 movies coming out this year.
 
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