Saturday, April 09, 2005

What Happened to "Spanglish"?

Please, please, please don't let this be a case of an inept movie-going public. Please let there be another reason that "Spanglish" – James L. Brooks' most recent film – didn't do better at the box office. It cost somewhere around $80 million to make, and it made just over $42 million in this country.

It is one of the most delightful films I've seen in *years.* It's brilliantly written by Brooks. It's brilliantly acted by Tea Leoni (this woman needs to get more work), Paz Vega (Penelope Cruz better watch her back), and Adam Sandler. Yes, Adam Sandler. The same Adam Sandler who endeared himself to me singing "Red-Hooded Sweatshirt" on SNL and then who dashed that endearment on the rocks with all the stupid, sophomoric films he made when he became famous.

And then the Sandler pendulum swung wide the other way, and "Punch Drunk Love" just left me shaking my head. "There must be something in between," I mused about his acting.

I was right.

"Spanglish" is it.

Adam Sandler has a long career in front of him if he can hook up with scripts like these.

Then again, scripts like these don't come along every day.

Maybe that's why the movie didn't do nearly as well as it should have. Maybe those of us who thirst for great films have become so disenchanted with the chum that Hollywood dumps into the theaters that when something special comes along, we're looking the other way.

Stop what you're doing and rent this movie.


Blogger Vietnam War Hero said...

I'll have to go check it out then.

4:24 PM  

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