Source: Catholic News Service
James Brooks' observant and charming story about a non-English-speaking Mexican mother (Paz Vega) who takes a job as a housekeeper with an affluent California family -- an easygoing chef (Adam Sandler), his hypercontrolling, self-absorbed wife (Tea Leoni), two children, and alcoholic mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman) -- to support herself and her young daughter whom she endeavors to keep unspoiled by superficial American values. The immensely appealing Vega projects genuine decency and resolute backbone, and a low-keyed Sandler is a likable mensch. Leoni is quite funny (if sometimes annoying) in a refreshingly offbeat look at cultural assimilation, relationships and parenting -- which is ultimately extremely moving. Some sexual banter and mild profanity, an instance of rough language, and an unexplicit but rambunctious sex scene between husband and wife. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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