Caution to Adam Sandler fans: This is not a typical silly Adam Sandler movie. In fact, though it has comedic moments, it's really more of a drama. Except for some beefed up Hollywood soapy stuff, it's quite a sweet quaint tale told by a 17-year-old Mexican girl about her caring, strong-willed, beautiful mom. The story follows mother and daughter from Mexico to Los Angeles, spending most of its time on Flor's (the mother's) interaction with her rich American bosses. (She's their live-in maid.)
Tea Leoni gives a fantastic performance as the wealthy, neurotic, over-exercised, perfectionist mom. Forget about Sandler, sure he's fine, really. But he bends himself to fit this role. And forget about Paz Vega who supposedly the film is about. It's Leoni that pumps vitality into the project. She and Sarah Steele (who plays her daughter) are responsible for the picture's most emotionally charged scenes.
Though quite rich in the relational: mother-daughter, husband-wife, etc, the film never quite nails itself down. The quaint tale of the mother and daughter from Mexico and their cultural interactions in America gets lost behind the love triangle that ensues. Overall, some great lines, some great performances, some very very interesting relational topics, but un-quenching, seldom moving and simply not funny enough to be a comedy as the coupling of the title and the Sandler cast might imply.