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What's Cooking? (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 December 2000 (USA)
In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents... See full summary »

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Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
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Javier Avila
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Anthony 'Tony' Avila
Maria Carmen ...
Sofia Avila
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Gina Avila
Elena Lopez ...
Grandma Avila
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Daniel 'Danny'
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Robert Avila
Lorraine Perez ...
Auntie Delores
Eva Rodriguez ...
Auntie Eva
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Avila Cousin
Caz ...
Gordo - The Avila's Dog
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Trinh Nguyen
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Duc Nguyen (as Francois Chau)
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Jimmy Nguyen
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In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents' fears collide. In the Avila family, Isabel's son has invited her estranged husband to their family dinner. Audrey and Ron Williams want to keep their own family's ruptures secret from Ron's visiting mother. In the Seelig household, Herb and Ruth are unwilling to discuss openly their grown daughter's living with her lover, Carla. Around each table, things come to a head. A gun, an affair, a boyfriend, and a pregnancy precipitate crises forcing each family to find its center. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Thanksgiving. A celebration of food, tradition and relative insanity. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation | See all certifications »

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1 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$144,586 (USA) (17 November 2000)

Gross:

$1,039,374 (USA) (29 December 2000)
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch the Hog
Performed by Type 4
Written by Tom Williams, Brian Cantwell and Matt Reyes
Published by Dirtneck Music
Courtesy of World One Records
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American Stew
15 February 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

We've had AMERICAN PIE, AMERICAN BEAUTY, and AMERICAN PSYCHO. This is AMERICAN STEW.

The film is entertaining as it mixes drama and comedy into an interesting recipe. To use other metaphors, the film is the American tossed salad or mixing bowl. We see four quite different families experiencing Thanksgiving day in seemingly different ways. But underneath, we see also the similarities of the joys, pains, and struggles as the various families deal with the reality hidden beneath the holiday veneer.

As the family members connect with and disconnect from each other and with members of the other families, the surface is pulled away, and we see what is really underneath the pleasantries and polite facades. This is a very accurate depiction of the sadness and humor that surround family holidays, and the film might be a good thing to watch just before or during such holidays. We see ourselves reflected in the mirror of the movie and can learn that holidays can be hilarious pains.


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