Spanglish is an American comedy. “Cultures collide as Flor (Paz Vega), a beautiful Mexican woman, and her twelve-year-old daughter move in with an affluent Los Angeles family (Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni and Cloris Leachman). Of all the horrors Flor imagined about this new culture, she never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family.”
How many of us really know how a different culture lives? The clothing, accent in speech or holiday customs do not make the culture. The way we create a moral base, a shared history and set of social rules which are instinctive are threads which remain complicated and unseen to the casual outside observer.
Each culture is distinct and intricate. A complex collection of inherent patterns that go far beyond mere customs. In order to understand another human being from a different cultural background, one does not just brush over the external appearance and say they understand, but must give of themselves and truly concentrate on spending time in generous, open minded conversation. Live their life, feel their emotions, connect with and build upon a deep and mutual understanding.
Most of us wouldn’t or couldn’t take the time out of our busy schedules to embark on that type of bonding unless thrown into the situation that Flor, Cristina, and the Clasky family are in, in the sweet, poignant film, “Spanglish.”