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Woman on Top (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  22 September 2000 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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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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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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22 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Las mujeres arriba  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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ESP 156,820,319 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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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 Brazil (1985) 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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Unoriginal, wholly forgettable fairy-tale

This is a modern day romantic fairy-tale, minus the charm. The storyline is silly, the treatment of the subject -- if there is one - is disappointingly silly, even for what's supposed to be a lighthearted romantic comedy.

I don't know who the target audience of this film is; surely today's moviegoing young women know that a woman deserves better than to be stashed away in the kitchen; and surely they know that "educating" a boyfriend or husband is a difficult task (if at all achievable), requiring more than running away to fashionable S.F. and applying some hocus-pocus. Perhaps the film is aimed at men, who get an extended chance to drool at Penelope Cruz, who indeed looks lovely and "fetching". As for myself, I'd rather watch this lovely actress in better films, such as All About My Mother.


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