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Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.

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Cast

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Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
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Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
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Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)
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TV Director
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Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro ...
Little Isabella - Age 2
Thais De Sá Curvelo ...
Little Isabella - Age 5
Eliana Guttman ...
Isabella's Mother
Eduardo Mattedi ...
Isabella's Father
Ana Paula Oliveira ...
Cook
Marilice Santos ...
Sexy Neighbor
Giba Conceição ...
Troubadour #1
Joaquim Pinto ...
Troubadour #2
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Storyline

Isabella is a great cook, making her husband's restaurant in Bahia, Brazil, a success. To control her motion sickness, she must do the driving and be on top during sex, which drives her macho husband, Toninho, to infidelities. Heart-broken, she leaves for San Francisco, moving in with her childhood friend, Monica, a cross-dresser. To mend her heart, she makes an offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea. The goddess responds: Isabella no longer loves and the fish in Bahia no longer bite. Stricken, Toninho heads north to get her back; he finds her hosting a popular TV show, Passion Food, courted by its producer. Can he learn humility? Can she find happiness without him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a sexy comedy that turns happily ever after upside down. See more »


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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres arriba  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,008,191 (USA) (22 September 2000)

Gross:

$5,018,450 (USA) (24 November 2000)
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Trivia

All interiors for the San Francisco scenes were shot in soundstages in Brazil. See more »

Goofs

Isabella and Monica burn the photo of Toninho but later, while Isabella and Cliff are fooling around on the sofa, the same picture is in the frame on the table. See more »

Quotes

Toninho: Isabella, I swear on my mother's grave, you are the only woman I ever loved.
Isabella: Your mother is still alive.
Toninho: That's not the point.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Batucada
Written by Luiz Bonfá
Performed by Luiz Bonfá
Courtesy of EMI Music Ltda.
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A charming fantasy
21 October 2002 | by (Long Island) – See all my reviews

Though this movie was no earth shaking tour de force of filmmaking, it indeed was charming. It was lite hearted and moved quickly. It was refreshing to escape into a fantasy world that not so bogged down with typical formula crisis. It had a few touching moments and was funny without being silly, I liked it and would recommend it as a lite comedy.


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