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Directed By
James L. Brooks

Written By:
James L. Brooks

Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Ian Hyland

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Movie Review by Zara
March 14th, 2007

Cloris Leachman is the sh*t

This movie was marketed as being funnier than it turned out to be, one of the signs that a movie is not going to be received well by the public. I didn't have any interest in watching it myself (I've seen Sandler play serious well, I know how it works) but I ended up being trapped into watching it while I was on the plane to Maui.

And you know what? I liked it.

I suppose it might help that I grew up in Southern California in a town that is primarily Spanish speaking and know first hand stories from friends' parents who worked for white people like this couple. There is a set of understanding, what is supposed and not supposed to be said between people when they have defined roles of employer and employee.

But when you have someone working for you while they're living in your home, chances are very good that those lines are going to be crossed.

It's a melodramatic film, sure. But it's heartfelt, it's got very strong acting in it and it's a story that isn't commonly told. If you're going to b*tch about a movie, at least b*tch about it for the right reasons. This movie really has none of those.

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