Spanglish: Drama-comedy. Directed and written by James L. At Bay Area theaters. Characters don't have to be likable, but they ought to be relatable, even if you're just relating to a hit man's need to kill somebody to keep his job. But Leoni's character, the stay-at-home wife of a celebrity chef Adam Sandler , is a bad spouse, a bad mother and a meddler who tries to commandeer the affections of her housekeeper's daughter. She wants the kid as a replacement for her own daughter, who doesn't meet her fitness standards.
In writing her application essay for Princeton, Cristina Shelbie Bruce recalls herself as an adorable, precocious, bilingual year-old. According to the essay, the person she admires most -- "no contest" -- is her mother, Flor Paz Vega. In the extended flashback that makes up Spanglish , Flor appears resolute and highly ethical, both qualities that help her survive as a maid for white folks in Bel Air. Though the Mexican-born Cristina at first believes that assimilating is the surest route to happiness in America, she finds that her mother's adamant, if discreet, sense of detachment from their employers is indeed the healthier option. This too-familiar culture clash forms the basis of James L. Brooks' sitcommy movie, introduced by way of a few stereotypical moments: Flor's husband leaves her while the child listens tearfully from another room; mother and daughter cross illegally into California, where they move into a barrio apartment with Flor's sister.
After dropping out to travel for several months, Leoni intended to finish college at Harvard. Despite a network change, The Naked Truth lasted three seasons; Leoni further bolstered her comic reputation with her performance as a high-strung psychology student in David O. After taking a turn for the serious as a reporter in the first asteroid blockbuster Deep Impact, Leoni took a break from acting to have a daughter with Duchovny in With sense of humour intact, Leoni talked Spanglish and orgasms to Paul Fischer.
It came to mind because I jokingly told Kelly Wand she should review Spanglish, a movie for which I have a deep and abiding loathing. And she did it! Ha ha. For serious, though, has there ever been a worse sex scene in a movie? This one is worse.