This PG-13 film started off slow and hard to understand, but after the first 15 minutes proved to be a delightful film all the way to the end. Elena, a young Puerto Rican woman loses her ability to speak Spanish after a stressful argument with her mother. All sorts of complications in her life appear as she is suddenly unable to communicate with those around her except in English. There is a wonderful sub-plot centered on food served at the diner and a little romantic twist as well. I think older students would do better with the film due to the slow pace in the beginning but its totally appropriate for 9th grade and up. Movie questions come in both Spanish and English in chronological order to film, also included are a few topics for follow up discussion.
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