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What's Cooking? (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 December 2000 (USA)
Four families in LA of different ethnicity (Latino, Asian/Vietnamese, African and Jewish) gather together for Thanksgiving dinner.

Director:

Gurinder Chadha
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Elizabeth Avila
Victor Rivers ... Javier Avila
Douglas Spain ... Anthony Avila
Maria Carmen Maria Carmen ... Sofia Avila
Isidra Vega ... Gina Avila
Elena Lopez Elena Lopez ... Grandma Avila
A Martinez ... Daniel
Richard Yniguez ... Robert Avila
Lorraine Perez Lorraine Perez ... Auntie Delores
Eva Rodriguez Eva Rodriguez ... Auntie Eva
Adrian Armas ... Avila Cousin
Caz Caz ... Gordo
Joan Chen ... Trinh Nguyen
François Chau ... Duc Nguyen (as Francois Chau)
Will Yun Lee ... Jimmy Nguyen
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Storyline

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' fears collide. In the Avila family, Isabel's son has invited her estranged husband to their family dinner. Audrey and Ron Williams want to keep their own family's ruptures secret from Ron's visiting mother. In the Seelig household, Herb and Ruth are unwilling to discuss openly their grown daughter's living with her lover, Carla. Around each table, things come to a head. A gun, an affair, a boyfriend, and a pregnancy precipitate crises forcing each family to find its center. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Thanksgiving. A celebration of food, tradition and relative insanity. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At 24:01 in, Gina's blur car is seen parked in front of her mother's house Thanksgiving morning. However, Gina & her boyfriend Jimmy do not arrive until 29 minutes in. They park the blue car in the same spot it was seen in earlier. See more »

Connections

References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Pipeline
(1962)
Written by Brian Carman and Bob Spickard
Published by Regent Music Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Craig Pruess (as Craig), and Daryl Pruess
Produced by Craig Pruess
Executive producer by Gurinder Chadha
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User Reviews

American Stew
15 February 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

We've had AMERICAN PIE, AMERICAN BEAUTY, and AMERICAN PSYCHO. This is AMERICAN STEW.

The film is entertaining as it mixes drama and comedy into an interesting recipe. To use other metaphors, the film is the American tossed salad or mixing bowl. We see four quite different families experiencing Thanksgiving day in seemingly different ways. But underneath, we see also the similarities of the joys, pains, and struggles as the various families deal with the reality hidden beneath the holiday veneer.

As the family members connect with and disconnect from each other and with members of the other families, the surface is pulled away, and we see what is really underneath the pleasantries and polite facades. This is a very accurate depiction of the sadness and humor that surround family holidays, and the film might be a good thing to watch just before or during such holidays. We see ourselves reflected in the mirror of the movie and can learn that holidays can be hilarious pains.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Yiddish

Release Date:

1 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's Cooking? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,586, 19 November 2000

Gross USA:

$1,045,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,698,759
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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