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Woman on Top (2000)

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Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
... Toninho Oliveira
... Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
... Cliff Lloyd
... Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)
... TV Director
... 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)  »

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Las mujeres arriba  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,008,191, 24 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,018,450, 26 November 2000
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Trivia

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: Isabella, I swear on my mother's grave, you are the only woman I ever loved.
Isabella: Your mother is still alive.
Toninho: That's not the point.
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References Mad About You (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Nos braços de Isabel
Written by Sílvio Caldas (as Sylvio Caldas) and 'Jose Judice'
Performed by Paulinho Moska (as Paulinho Moska)
Produced by Paulo Albuquerque
Paulinho Moska (as Palinho Moska) appears courtesy of EMI Music Ltda.
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Easy on eyes and ears....fun film
24 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a fun film and has several things going for it. Firstly it is sexy without being vulgar, proving that comedy without vulgarity is feasible. Secondly it is easy on the eye (Penelope) and the ears (Latin Rhythms). Thirdly, it is a fairy tale, both in content and format and hence totally unbelievable. And like all fairy tales, this one too has a moral...which is for the viewers to discover. The best thing about the movie it its old world charms, which is so endearing. Though eminently forgettable once you are out of the cinema hall, while inside, it is worth every minute of yours.

Recommended to take along someone you love.


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