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Woman on Top (2000)

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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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres arriba  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,008,191 (USA) (24 September 2000)

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$5,018,450 (USA) (26 November 2000)
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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

Toninho: How COULD she? Squeezing her coconuts for all the world to see!
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Connections

Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

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Eu Sabia
Written by Bill Brendle and Katia Moraes (as Kátia Moraes)
Performed by Katia Moraes (as Kátia Moraes) and Sambaguru
Produced by Bill Brendle
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Penelope Cruz displays her beauty and abundant talent
2 January 2004 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Isabella (Penelope Cruz) meets her soul mate in her native Brazil, marries him, and becomes the renowned chef at his restaurant. She suffers from motion sickness so she insists on driving the car, leading in a dance partnership and more. Husband Toninho (the handsome Murilo Benicio) tires of being second in command and develops the roving eye syndrome. Stunned by her husband's actions, Isabella flees Brazil and travels to San Francisco. Once there, she catches the eye of a television producer who helps her become a small-screen celebrity with her own cooking show. Out of the blue, ex-husband Toninho arrives and wants his wife back. What will she do?

Penelope Cruz shines in the leading role; she's drop dead gorgeous and gives an irresistible performance. Benicio, also, initiates flutters in the hearts of any female viewers with his charming persona. The movie has many humorous plot elements (a cross-dresser, catty television employees) that keep the plot interesting. Those seeking an entertaining movie with charm and chuckles will be delighted to happen upon this lesser known movie.


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