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A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.6/10 (39,097 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

James L. Brooks

Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega

John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. When they 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!


Adam Sandler

John Clasky

Téa Leoni

Deborah Clasky

Paz Vega

Flor Moreno

Cloris Leachman

Evelyn Wright

Shelbie Bruce

Cristina Moreno

Sarah Steele

Bernice 'Bernie' Clasky

Ian Hyland

George 'Georgie' Clasky

Victoria Luna

Cristina Moreno – Age 6

Cecilia Suárez


(as Cecilia Suarez)

Ricardo Molina

Flor's Husband

Brenda Canela


Eddy Martin

14-Year-Old Boy

Nicole Nieth

Hostess at Fancy Restaurant

Jamie Kaler


James Lancaster


A comedy with a language all its own.


Official Website:
Gracie Films |

Release Date: 17 December 2004

Filming Locations: Il Cielo – 9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000


Opening Weekend: $8,817,853
(19 December 2004)
(2438 Screens)

Gross: $42,044,321
(30 January 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


There was a translator on the set as Paz Vega did not speak English and the director James L. Brooks did not speak Spanish.


Revealing mistakes:
Flor consistently speaks with a Castilian accent, not a Mexican one.


[first lines]

Boy's Voice:
[voiceover to scene of people reviewing applications]
To Dean of Admission, Princeton University. The most influential person in my life…

Girl's Voice:
…is Mother Teresa, whose example helped me overcome the arrogance which threatened after my 1600 SAT score in National Merit Scholarship

Girl's Voice #2:
…most influential person taught me the most important word I've ever learned; Aloha, which I…

To the Dean of Admission, Princeton University, from Cristina Moreno. Most influential person, my Mother, No Contest!

User Review

loved the movie and was pleasantly surprised


When I heard the title and learned that Adam Sandler was in this movie,
I had very low expectations. Boy, was I surprised. This is a wonderful
film, not at all the low-level fluff film I expected. All the female
actresses, young and old, are absolutely terrific, and Adam Sandler
does a respectable job in a semi-serious role. The writing is very
clever, and the film will elicit laughter as well as tears. I found my
self still thinking about the movie the next day, something that all
too often doesn't happen with today's highly forgettable films. One
caveat: this is really a movie for teens and up, not a kids' movie.
Aside from a bad word or two and a (hilarious) sex scene, the
underlying themes are quite adult. Enjoy!