But through the grace of a platonic romance between the chef and au pair, the convergent families nudge each into mindful repair of their relationships and a healthier view of themselves. Leoni's character rejects her daughter throughout the film, and often turns her affection towards Vega's daughter a beautiful young Hispanic girl. The restaurant isn't really crucial to the story, however; it's more like a way for John to get out of the house. Most influential person, my Mother, No. I vacillated between an A- and a B+ for this film. Deborah and John's marriage is in trouble, and John finds himself falling for Flor, who is struggling to learn English and trying to keep her daughter grounded and on track as Deborah continues to spoil the girl. Is it about Flor, whose daughter narrates the story, or about the Claskys' marriage, or about the way the two daughters, both smart, both sane, are the go-to members of their families? I have watched this movie more than once and it's still a good time to I have always enjoyed this movie.
Paz Vega is utterly brilliant as Flor, a stunning and beautiful young woman who was abandoned fool! In the end, it's a pretty effective movie. Flor goes to work as a maid for wealthy but kind chef John , and his mean-spirited wife Deborah. My favorite involves a sequence where Flor decides she must finally explain to the Claskys exactly what she thinks, and why. This movie preys on every known stereotype in its reach for laughter, and leaves everyone looking pretty bad. For example, with such a beautiful woman and an utterly frustrated, insecure and lonely husband, the inevitablility of an affair seemed obvious. Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, she never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family.
Mom being in America illegally settles as a housekeeper for Sandler and Leoni. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms. The revelation to me is Tea Leoni. Into this household come Flor and her daughter Cristina , who is about the same middle-school age as the Clasky's daughter Bernice. Deborah's daughter Bernice Sarah Steele isn't good enough for her perfectionist mother, who takes over the care and grooming of Cristina while the kind Flor nurses the emotional bruises of the constantly criticized Bernice. I thought that Paz Vega is excellent as the mom.
Now that we have all the characters on stage, what is their story about? I have watched this movie more than once and it's still a good time to watch a second or third time. Two families converge, a Mexican This movie loves all its characters, each with their own foibles and hardships. Her drinking pays off in the last act, however, when she sobers up no one notices and gives her daughter urgent advice. Most of all though the film is all about support for Sandler your hardworking everyman with a dream and mean brutal hatred for his one-dimensional wife Leoni. Flor and Cristina have lived in the barrio for six years, and now venture into Anglo-land because Flor needs a better job. Sony This movie loves all its characters, each with their own foibles and hardships.
The script bubbles with whimsy and intelligence. Young girl emigrates with her mom from Mexico and settles in California. The latest film by James L. I am not sure this character has any connection to a possible human being, but as a phenomenon, it's kind of amazing; Deborah doesn't just go over the top, she waves goodbye as she disappears into cuckoo-land. On fun notes, even in a non-Sandler film Sandler manages to squeeze in an Allen Covert performance.
She's baffled by the monied existence of the upper classes and how it effects her daughter. This is, perhaps, due to the fact that she reminded me of a teenager that I actually know. Leoni gets the greatest chance to shine as her character runs the gamut of emotions from the deepest of despair to the heights of frivolity. And yet the movie is not quite the sitcom the setup seems to suggest; there are some character quirks that make it intriguing. Finally, and not even yet mentioned here, is a performance that completely blew me away.
Consider Deborah Clasky, the mother of the Los Angeles family. Cloris Leachman is great and should be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress. While some people may be put off by the fact that Adam Sandler is one of the main characters, he does put a great performance. As the Clasky's, Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler are a remarkable contrast and yet offer similarly wonderful performance. Adam Sandler holds back and plays a compassionate father.
If you love the films of James L. Brooks does a wonderful job of incorporating Hispanic culture into this film, including the use of the Spanish language, without ever losing the audience. When Flor and Cristina move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous. Additionally, the rented Malibu beach home that serves as the primary setting throughout much of the filming apparently had quite a bit of damage by the end of filming. Also living at the home is Deborah's alcoholic mother , who frequently points out her daughter's faults.
The mom in this movie does bug me but her character is very important and you're not meant to like her all that much. I still find it remarkable that Covert doesn't act more. Wonderful acting, especially a superlative Tea Leoni. Somehow Leoni is able to play Deborah without frothing at the mouth, and indeed makes her kind of lovable. The story is narrated by the 17-year-old Cristina as an affectionate memory of her mother, who learned English the better to treat this needful family with enormous doses of common sense. Advertisement There's also ironic dialogue in a sequence involving the Times review of John's restaurant, which to John is a catastrophe.
Indeed, I was not completely happy with the script by James L. It is filled with heartwarming, inspiring yet utterly frustrating characters with the best of intentions and the deepest of flaws. I enjoy the premiss and the plot is for the most part pretty good. Nearly every adult family member hurts the others incidentally--most sadly their children--as they pursue their own, not unworthy goals. While some people may be put off by the fact that Adam Sandler is one of the main characters, he does put a great performance.