Why we can't wait to see ''Spanglish''
RELEASE DATE Dec. 17
WHY WE CAN'T WAIT It's been seven years since the last film from James L. Brooks, the filmmaker behind such sprawling ''you'll laugh, you'll cry'' epics as As Good as It Gets, Broadcast News, and Terms of Endearment
THE PREMISE John Clasky (Adam Sandler), a chef made miserable by success, makes his wife (Téa Leoni) miserable too with his increasing closeness to Flor (Talk to Her's Paz Vega), the Claskys' gorgeous new housekeeper, a single mom from Mexico
SOURCE An original screenplay by Brooks
THE BACK STORY Here's how Brooks describes the movie's tricky tone: ''I think at its core, it's a romantic comedy. It has romance in it, and we're trying to be funny. At a certain point you don't know how it's going to end. You can't figure out how it possibly could end. And that's because I didn't know, but I just kept on pursuing it.''
BURNING QUESTION Brooks' movies tend to be Oscar bait. Will this one be another As Good as It Gets, or another I'll Do Anything, Brooks' almost-musical misfire?
COME FOR Sandler, taking another step along the serious-thespian path he began with Punch-Drunk Love
STAY FOR Veteran comic actress Cloris Leachman, who hasn't had a role this juicy in ages she plays Leoni's mom, a tart-tongued alcoholic and former jazz singer