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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
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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 »

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24-7-365 (Remix)
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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WARNING! Do not watch on an empty stomach.
13 April 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"What's Cooking" is yet another film which shows a short period of time in the lives of multiple disconnected characters who have something in common. In "Magnolia" the common denominator was proximity. In "All the Rage" it was guns. In "The Five Senses" is was senses. Etc. Etc. Etc. In "What's Cooking" it's food....Thanksgiving Day dinner.

"What's Cooking" has superb casting, direction, script/screenplay, etc. However it has one huge problem which it shares with other films of this ilk: Too many characters and too little time with which to develop them sufficient to create that all important bond with the audience. The result is a herky-jerky story flow and a disconnected audience which is reduced to pure voyeurism. Too busy and too superficial.


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