A Day Without a Mexican
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Marking the directorial debut of Sergio Arau, son of Like Water for Chocolate director Alfonso Arau, A Day Without a Mexican ponders the potentially catastrophic results that would occur if California-based Mexicans, who make up over a third of the state's population, were to suddenly disappear. The mockumentary postulates that the lack of Latino gardeners, nannies, cooks, policeman, maids, teachers, farm workers, construction crews, entertainers, athletes, and the world's largest growing consumer market would create a social, political, and economic disaster, leaving the concept of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As many times you consider A Day Without a Mexican a crude and underdeveloped parody, there are moments that it vindicates itself with on-the-money situations."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"By the film's end, we're more beleaguered than enlightened."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"'Tiene la honestidad de ser una divertida y, por momentos compleja, denuncia de los maltratos y desprecio a los que son sometidos nuestros compatriotas en el extranjero'"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"A promising premise without a successful follow-through...vacillates between preachy tract and bland comedy."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"While it might have been better, we're definitely better off for having A Day Without a Mexican around."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"The movie in its extended version is frequently muddled, emotionally messy, a little heavy-handed and misses the real opportunity presented by the new format."
‑ Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune
"The tone is often that of a preachy after-school special, down to the instructional messages that regularly flash across the screen."
‑ John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"For the first hour director Arau ... and his co-writer and wife, actress Arizmendi, negotiate the story's tricky mix of comedy, social satire and science fiction with surprising aplomb."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film suffers from low-budget-and-looks-it production values and some ridiculous aspects of the plot, even for a fantasy like this."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, FilmStew.com
"Charming if amateurish farce of a movie."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Arau has expanded his satirical short from 1998 into one joke that he solemnly beats to death for 100 minutes."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"A cheap-looking, one-joke movie that can't get any laughs even in its first telling."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor."
‑ , E! Online
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