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What's Cooking? (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 December 2000 (USA)
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 »

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Gurinder Chadha

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
Victor Rivers ... Javier Avila
Douglas Spain ... Anthony 'Tony' Avila
Maria Carmen Maria Carmen ... Sofia Avila
Isidra Vega ... Gina Avila
Elena Lopez Elena Lopez ... Grandma Avila
A Martinez ... Daniel 'Danny'
Richard Yniguez ... Robert Avila
Lorraine Perez Lorraine Perez ... Auntie Delores
Eva Rodriguez Eva Rodriguez ... Auntie Eva
Adrian Armas ... Avila Cousin
Caz Caz ... Gordo - The Avila's Dog
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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Yiddish

Release Date:

1 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Négy vacsora See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,586, 19 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,039,374, 29 December 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

24-7-365 (Remix)
Performed by Type 4
Written by Tom Williams, Brian Cantwell and Matt Reyes
Published by Dirtneck Music
Courtesy of World One Records
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a delicious comedy
29 May 2000 | by steve.schonbergerSee all my reviews

This movie is a comedy about the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. It follows four families (black, Latino, Jewish, and Vietnamese) during their holiday celebrations, with all the messes that crop up during big family gatherings. Each of the families has its own problems, which are to some extent intertwined.

An example of one of the family messes: A young man in the Latino family bumps into his father (who had moved out some time earlier) at the grocery store, and invites him to Thanksgiving dinner. His mother is furious, because she doesn't want anything to do with her estranged husband, particularly during a big holiday event.

The acting and directing are very good, but the writing and editing are really wonderful. The cast is huge, but the editing manages to make it easy for the audience to keep track of everyone. It's full of laughs (and some light drama), but aside from some stereotyping, mostly realistic. Even though there are quite a number of name actors, the screen time is divided among the cast to fit the story, not to fit the actors' egos -- an impressive balancing act for the director and producers.

The food scenes, aside from a few kitchen disasters, were enough to inspire quite an appetite. It's a good thing the Seattle International Film Festival scheduled the screening in the afternoon, so I could have dinner right after the movie.

This is one of the best recent comedies I've seen.


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