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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 »

Director:

Gurinder Chadha
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

Families. Fights. Feasts. A holiday tradition. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$1,045,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,698,759
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rachel's mom, Ruth, spills coffee onto the saucer of the 4th cup. She puts spoons on all 4 saucers without cleaning the spilled coffee. See more »

Connections

References Bonanza (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Wouldn't It Be Nice
(1966)
Written by Brian Wilson, Tony Asher and Mike Love
Copyright 1966, renewed 1967 Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
International copyright secured
Performed and Produced by Dan Russell
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Loved this film
12 March 2001 | by jwhite999See all my reviews

Funny, charming, sad, and completely entertaining throughout.... a very talented ensemble cast...some surprises in the story. This is, I think, a holiday classic. I look forward to seeing it again and again.


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