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Spanglish [Jan. 16th, 2005|12:40 am]
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!
So... I saw Spanglish last weekend and Melissa wanted to see it, so I saw it again. Then I read the reviews when I got home on Rottentomatoes.com, and boy am I confused.

What I saw on the screen was a truly captivating dance between characters making messy moral decisions mostly right. Tea Leoni is a sort of crazed upper-class harpy, who still manages to be sympathetic even when she's the most morally comprimised of the bunch. The scene of the argument between the Mexican housekeeper with no English and her boss -- mediated by the housekeeper's daughter -- is perhaps the best single scene in a movie I've seen in a long while.

I really enjoyed the movie both times, because of the performances of the characters, and because of the humor and drama and conflict. Reading the reviews, though, I find that half the reviewers really liked it, and half of them really hated it. The ones who hated it say that it's smug, dishonest, and misogynistic. The ones who liked it basically saw the movie I saw.

So I'm interested in what other people thought. Was this an exercise in misogyny, audience manipulation, and liberal self-congratulation, or was there something real and interesting going on?