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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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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 ...
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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 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres arriba  »

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Budget:

$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

Near the end of the film, when trying to salvage the souffle, they bring out a box of Kraft-like "Cheese and Macarroni". Should be "Macaroni". See more »

Quotes

Toninho: How COULD she? Squeezing her coconuts for all the world to see!
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References Mad About You (1992) See more »

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Brazil
Written by Ary Barroso
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Uninvolving, unbelievable twaddle featuring a very beautiful woman.
17 October 2000 | by (LA, CA.) – See all my reviews

Low rent pseudo passion and magic, without a trace of real emotion. Visuals are below par, except for the gorgeous Ms. Cruz. Too bad she lent herself to such self-conscious arty shallowness. Otherwise I really liked it.


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