James L. Brooks directs – he’s so good. What’s great about Spanglish is that it’s not another one of those “dumb dad” movies. Adam Sandler plays the dad in a pretty straight role, a stretch from his usual slapstick fare. He’s good in this, I liked him a lot. Tea Leoni is the mom, and she just might get a nomination for her performance. Really real, raw, and at the same time relatable. She’s always been one of my favorite actresses, and this is a great role for her. Cloris Leachman is a hoot as her mother. Priceless! Paz Vega is the housekeeper who comes in and exposes the family to another world and forces them to look at themselves more closely.
Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. 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.