A COMEDY WITH A LANGUAGE ALL ITS OWN.
Illegal immigrant Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) becomes a housekeeper in John Clasky’s (Adam Sandler) household, a home where everybody has issues to deal with. This film feels like a typical James L. Brooks experience; it even has ingredients similar to Terms of Endearment (1983). It is also another attempt by Sandler to broaden his range; he’s OK as the overly cautious master chef. Cloris Leachman has fun as his hard-drinking mother-in-law and Vega is reasonably charming as the housekeeper. But Téa Leoni’s annoying behavior and the general mediocrity are drawbacks.
2004-U.S. 131 min. Color. Written and directed by James L. Brooks. Cast: Adam Sandler (John Clasky), Téa Leoni (Deborah Clasky), Paz Vega (Flor Moreno), Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce, Sarah Steele… Thomas Haden Church.
Trivia: Anne Bancroft was allegedly considered for the part that came to be played by Leachman.