A Day Without a Mexican

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A Day Without a Mexican
Day without mexican.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed bySergio Arau
Written bySergio Arau
Yareli Arizmendi
Sergio Guerrero
Produced byIsaac Artenstein
StarringYareli Arizmendi
John Getz
Maureen Flannigan
CinematographyAlan Caudillo
Edited byDaniel Fort
Shaula Vega (uncredited)
Music byJuan Colomer
Distributed byAltavista Films
Televisa Cine
Release date
May 14, 2004
Running time
100 minutes
CountriesUnited States

A Day Without a Mexican is a 2004 film directed by Sergio Arau.[1]

It offers a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in the state of California suddenly disappearing (with a mysterious "pink fog" surrounding the state preventing any communication or movement with the outside world). A series of characters shows the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy, law enforcement, and education systems and the resulting social unrest. It was Eduardo Palomo's last film.


The film opened on May 14, 2004, in limited release throughout Southern California and on September 17 in theaters in Chicago, Texas, Florida, and New York City as well as San Jose.



The film was number one at the box office in its opening weekend in Mexico, although it was only a moderate box-office success in the United States, grossing an estimated $4.1 million.[2]

The film's 2004 awards include best screenplay at the Cartagena Film Festival and a nomination for best film, a special jury award at the Gramado Film Festival, and an award for best editing at the Guadalajara Film Festival.[citation needed]

On Rotten Tomatoes it has a score of 27% based on reviews from 22 critics.[3] Ella Taylor of the LA Weekly describes it as, "A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary."[citation needed] E! was less kind, stating, "This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling, and humor."[4]

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  1. ^ Tracie Cooper (2014). "A Day Without a Mexican". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-09-08.
  2. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican (2004) - Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican". E!. May 14, 2004.

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