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!
Bernice 'Bernie' Clasky
George 'Georgie' Clasky
Cristina Moreno – Age 6
(as Cecilia Suarez)
Hostess at Fancy Restaurant
A comedy with a language all its own.
Gracie Films |
Release Date: 17 December 2004
Filming Locations: Il Cielo – 9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,817,853
(19 December 2004)
(30 January 2005)
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.
Flor consistently speaks with a Castilian accent, not a Mexican one.
[voiceover to scene of people reviewing applications]
To Dean of Admission, Princeton University. The most influential person in my life…
…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!
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!