57 user 29 critic

Tortilla Soup (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 31 August 2001 (USA)
1:48 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.



(earlier screenplay), (earlier screenplay) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mostly Martha (2001)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Sihung Lung, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yu-Wen Wang
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pain is universal. But so is hope. A story of hope and love across Mumbai and Barcelona; from India to the Mediterranean and all the way back.

Director: Maria Ripoll
Stars: Nandita Das, Aina Clotet, Vaibhavi Hankare
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A shambling, out-of-work actor, desperate to win back the affections of his ex-girlfriend, unexpectedly stumbles upon a way to turn back the clock.

Director: Maria Ripoll
Stars: Lena Headey, Douglas Henshall, Penélope Cruz
Big Night (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children's acculturation and immigrant parents... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl


Cast overview, first billed only:
Leticia Naranjo
Martin Naranjo
Marisabel García ...
Catering Assistant
Antonio Urgell


Retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares an L.A. home with his three gorgeous, but single, adult daughters. Though he long ago lost his ability to taste, Martin still lives to cook incredibly lavish dinners for his loved ones and to serve them in a family-style ritual at traditional sit-down meals. Although the women humor their father's old-fashioned ways, each of them is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle. College student Maribel is growing increasingly frustrated with the singles scene and wants a steady man; gorgeous career woman Carmen is fed up with her boyfriend and his wandering eye; meanwhile, eldest daughter Letitia, who has suppressed her own romantic longings, senses something missing in her life. Things take a turn for the romantic when Dad, a widower, meets a vivacious divorcee on the lookout for a mate and each of his daughters, in turn, finds someone. But they'll all discover that the recipe for happiness may call for some unexpected ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A comedy to arouse your appetite.


Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sabores da Vida  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$653,729, 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,447,014, 16 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The three poems that Leti's "secret admirer" sends her are "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, "Her Face, Her Tongue, Her Wit" by Arthur Gorges, and "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick. The last note is from Titania's speech in Act III, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." See more »


When the teacher reads another note after her students leave, one of the students who just left wears a purple shirt. When she looks back in at the teacher, she is wearing a green striped shirt. See more »


Hortensia: Careful, dear, boys don't like smart-asses.
Maribel Naranjo: No, they just like asses.
See more »


Remake of Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) See more »


Hoy Me Voy
Written by B. Garcia
Performed by Sergent Garcia
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Don't understand why movie is rated so low.
31 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. We had wanted to see this when it first came to video/DVD but didn't get to it. Frankly, I then forgot about it. Last week, I was reminded of the movie and went out and rented it.

I have not seen the Ang Lee movie, "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" so can not comment on how it compares. But we really liked "Tortilla Soup" The performance by the cast of Elizondo, Pena, Obradors and unknown (to me) Mello; was very good. Raquel Welch was a bit over the top, but all in good fun. The interaction between the father (Elizondo) and daughters was believable and you could sense the love he had for them under his stern exterior (and you knew his daughters knew it too).

As others have mentioned, the food preparation and serving scenes were colorful and very beautiful. Shows there is a lot more to Mexican cuisine than what you run into at most restaurants.

This movie will make you smile, like enjoying a good meal. 8 out of 10

9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page