A Day Without a Mexican
|A Day Without a Mexican|
|Directed by||Sergio Arau|
|Written by||Sergio Arau|
|Produced by||Isaac Artenstein|
|Edited by||Daniel Fort|
Shaula Vega (uncredited)
|Music by||Juan Colomer|
|Distributed by||Altavista Films|
|May 14, 2004|
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.
- Yareli Arizmendi as TV reporter Lila Rodriguez
- León Singer as Lila's father
- Caroline Aaron as Aunt Gigi
- Elpidia Carrillo as Cata
- Yeniffer Behrens as Suzy
- Gwendoline Yeo as a TV newscaster
- Larry Carroll as a TV newscaster
- John Getz as U.S. Senator Steven Abercombie III
- Melinda Allen as his wife, Ellen Abercrombie
- Suzanne Friedline as Vicki Martin
- Maureen Flannigan as Mary Jo Quintana
- Salli Saffioti as Mary Jo's neighbor
- Frankie J. Allison as Officer Carr
- Fernando Arau as Undocumented 1
- Muse Watson as Louis McClaire
- Carlos Gómez as Jose Velasquez Diaz
- Bru Muller as George McClaire
- Tony Abatemarco as a television talk show host
- Eduardo Palomo as Roberto Quintana
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.
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.
On Rotten Tomatoes it has a score of 27% based on reviews from 22 critics. 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." E! was less kind, stating, "This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling, and humor."
- Tracie Cooper (2014). "A Day Without a Mexican". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-09-08.
- "A Day Without a Mexican (2004) - Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- "A Day Without a Mexican". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "A Day Without a Mexican". E!. May 14, 2004.
- Official website
- A Day Without a Mexican at IMDb
- A Day Without a Mexican at Box Office Mojo
- A Day Without a Mexican at AllMovie