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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
Javier Avila
Anthony 'Tony' Avila
Maria Carmen ...
Sofia Avila
Gina Avila
Elena Lopez ...
Grandma Avila
Daniel 'Danny'
Robert Avila
Lorraine Perez ...
Auntie Delores
Eva Rodriguez ...
Auntie Eva
Avila Cousin
Caz ...
Gordo - The Avila's Dog
Trinh Nguyen
Duc Nguyen (as Francois Chau)
Jimmy Nguyen


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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Families. Fights. Feasts. A holiday tradition. See more »


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

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Release Date:

1 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Négy vacsora  »

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


$1,039,374 (USA) (29 December 2000)

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References Bonanza (1959) See more »


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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Comfort Food
29 April 2004 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

WHAT'S COOKING? (2000) ***1/2 Mercedes Ruehl, Joan Chen, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Julianna Marguilies, Dennis Haysbert, Maury Chaykin, Lainie Kazan, Victor Rivers, Douglas Spain, A Martinez, Francois Chau, Will Yun Lee, Estelle Harris, Ralph Manza. Wonderful sleeper depicting four Los Angeles melting pot families all celebrating Thanksgiving, cross cutting between homes sharing the universal theme of family, love and ultimately acceptance of one another. Funny, emotional, intelligent and superbly acted with an equally impressive script by Gurinder Chadha (who directed) and Paul Mayeda Berges her real-life companion. Stand out performances especially by Ruehl, Chen & Woodard as strong-willed matriarchs and Sedgwick and Marguilies as one of the sexiest onscreen lesbian couples in some time. Kudos to the off-screen cooks who whip up some truly mouth-watering displays in uniquely different yet delicious dinners for the quartet broods.

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