A Day Without a Mexican

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This article is about the 2004 film. For the nationwide boycott in 2006, see Great American Boycott.
A Day Without a Mexican
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Sergio Arau
Produced by Isaac Artenstein
Written by Sergio Arau
Yareli Arizmendi
Sergio Guerrero
Starring Yareli Arizmendi
John Getz
Maureen Flannigan
Music by Juan Colomer
Cinematography Alan Caudillo
Edited by Daniel Fort
Shaula Vega (uncredited)
Distributed by Altavista Films
Televisa Cine
Release dates
May 14, 2004
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English

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 show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy, law enforcement and education systems as well as the resulting social unrest.

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.

This was Eduardo Palomo's last film before he died of a heart attack.[citation needed]


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 Mexican Film Festival.

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. Critical reception among American reviewers was lukewarm. 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."[2] E! was less kind, stating "This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor."[3] Rotten Tomatoes critics on the site list it as a 27% on the Tomatometer.[4]

The trailer of the film in Mexico included the song "Frijolero" by Molotov.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  3. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican". E!. May 14, 2004. 
  4. ^ "A Day Without a Mexican". Rotten Tomatoes. 

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