I first discovered Spanglish through my boyfriend. When it first came out, he made fun of it a lot, and talked about how far Adam Sandler had fallen, but one day when he was alone at home he noticed that it was on TV. Since then, he's seen it four times. End of review.
Penelope Cruz nearly steals every scene in which she appears as the underpaid and seemingly guileless nanny/housekeeper to Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler. But Cloris Leachman, as Tea Leoni's lush of a mother, is the one who pleasantly surprises me in the end of this all-too-real comedy of family errors.
Adam Sandler capturing a more serious role and completely owning it is no surprise. Neither is the success of this film. It's an interesting examination of relationships and love. It's fun, and charming, but also led by a brilliant performance by Sandler.