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Como agua para chocolate (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 May 1993 (USA)
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This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get ... See full summary »



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This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of her. It shows how marriage was imposed on those times, and how a love between two people can change everything. This picture set a new epoch in Mexican movies all over the world. Written by Jose Redon <>

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A feast for the senses!


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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Água Para Chocolate  »

Box Office


$21,665,500 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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An aspiring filmmaker from Texas, who was not involved with the project, spent time on set, because he was in town shooting a small budget ($5,000) full-length feature film for the Spanish home video market. That young filmmaker was Robert Rodriguez, and the film was El Mariachi, which became a hit at Sundance and launced his career. See more »


Background music while Tita and Nacha are cooking in the kitchen tells the story of a car breakdown. See more »


Doctor John Brown: I see you didn't touch your dinner. Sue Ellen is a horrible cook, but my son and I put up with her food. Of course, *you* don't have to.
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A Fabulous Fable
16 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Scenes of incredible beauty and humor. This film appeals to all of humankind's tastes (visual, intellectual, gustatory, sexual, etc.) It is one of the greatest romantic comedies showing the lives, values and beliefs of another culture ever presented as a gift to the American public. Be aware though that it is not an experience that will appeal to everyone. You won't enjoy it if you don't love food, have an imagination and understand that daytime soaps are not art.

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