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Woman on Top (2000)

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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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Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
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Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
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Cliff Lloyd
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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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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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22 September 2000 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres arriba  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£63,549 (UK) (26 January 2001)

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ESP 156,820,319 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

As Isabella is leaving the Fish & Chips, her umbrella blows away to her right, yet the rain is falling straight down. See more »

Quotes

[talking to operator about Monica]
Toninho: But she's quite unique! She's 5'10, braids, great legs and... she's a man!
Operator: In San Francisco, that is not unique!
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

A Flor e o Espinho
Written by Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito (as G. Brito) and Alcides Caminha (as A. Caminha)
Performed by Paulinho Mosca (as Paulinho Moska)
Produced by Paulo Albuquerque
Paulinho Mosca (as Palinho Moska) appears courtesy of EMI Music Ltda.
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Penélope Cruz is a fish
5 January 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This, overall, is a cute movie. While Cruz is far and away the star of this movie, the stories strong point is that it is a "chick flick" with an attitude. The best performance comes from actor Harold Perrineau Jr. who plays a gay side kick to Cruz. Much like the movie, Cruz is unique and at many times sexy. Although this is a romantic comedy, there is drama to be found. Cruz is something between a fish and the hot chili like peppers that are used in her character's cooking. She is simple like a fish, yet she is exotic and original like the peppers she uses to make her simple dishes breath taking. This is not a sexually driven movie, although the dishes she makes in the kitchen are nothing but sex, sex, and more sex. Overall, a nice story that puts a smile on your face.


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