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Spanglish (2004)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director James L. Brooks Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on August 8th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Brooks is joined by editor Richard Marks and co-editor Tia Nolan, and pretty much centers the commentary on the editorial aspects of the production and how the editing reflected decisions taken on both plot and character levels, which gives the listener some opportunity to learn a little bit about the process. Besides that, there are a couple of funny jokes by Brooks and also a lot of dull narration and and analysis the listener does by himself seeing the movie.
Reviewed by Station51 on March 13th, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Good commentary that feels sporadic with occasional laughs shared among all three. It is a treat to hear Brooks talk about his work. His extensive work in movies and television has made a big mark on culture and is someone I find interesting. There aren't much in technical details but lots of insight into Brooks view of marriage, relationships, culture, class and other things. There are also lots of stories about actors and the shoot, many which are quite funny. One involves an Hispanic neighbour that helps interpret for the Spanish speaking maid in a pivotal scene in the movie. Brooks said he found out after the movies release that the actor playing the neighbour actually didn't know how to speak Spanish at all which is the reason he got the role but "he fooled me anyway so good for him" Brooks says laughing about it. The main thing I'll take away from this commentary was this statement by Brooks. Alcoholism is one of those vices that can make you a terrible parent but a damn good grandparent. So there's that to look forward to.