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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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Fina Torres

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Vera Blasi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
Murilo Benício ... Toninho Oliveira
Harold Perrineau ... Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Mark Feuerstein ... Cliff Lloyd
John de Lancie ... Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)
Anne Ramsay ... TV Director
Ana Gasteyer ... Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro Analu De Castro ... Little Isabella - Age 2
Thais De Sá Curvelo Thais De Sá Curvelo ... Little Isabella - Age 5
Eliana Guttman Eliana Guttman ... Isabella's Mother
Eduardo Mattedi Eduardo Mattedi ... Isabella's Father
Ana Paula Oliveira Ana Paula Oliveira ... Cook
Marilice Santos Marilice Santos ... Sexy Neighbor
Giba Conceição Giba Conceição ... Troubadour #1
Joaquim Pinto Joaquim Pinto ... Troubadour #2
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Storyline

Plagued by chronic motion sickness, Isabella--a sultry Brazilian belle, and a gifted chef--needs to be in control in every aspect of her life: in her car; in the kitchen; on the dance floor, and of course, during sex. Needless to say, this confusing situation drives Isabella's husband, Toninho, crazy--and after one infidelity too many--the feisty young woman decides to do what she knows best: take over the reins of her life, and move to San Francisco. There, a brilliant career as the presenter of her TV cooking show awaits Isabella--and for the first time in a long while--she feels loved. Will guilty Toninho realise what he's lost? Written by Nick Riganas

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a sexy comedy that turns happily ever after upside down. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woman on Top See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,008,191, 24 September 2000

Gross USA:

$5,020,111

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,194,274
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harold Perrineau ("Monica") is actually straight. He and his wife Brittany (a model) have three children, including actress Aurora Perrineau. See more »

Goofs

Cliff's shirt and tie in Isabella's apartment. See more »

Quotes

Monica Jones: Melons are like boyfriends. Shall I tell you why? To get a single good one you must one hundred try.
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Connections

Featured in Cheeni Kum (2007) See more »

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Cinzas
Written by Candido Indio das Neves
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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Penelope Cruz displays her beauty and abundant talent
2 January 2004 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Isabella (Penelope Cruz) meets her soul mate in her native Brazil, marries him, and becomes the renowned chef at his restaurant. She suffers from motion sickness so she insists on driving the car, leading in a dance partnership and more. Husband Toninho (the handsome Murilo Benicio) tires of being second in command and develops the roving eye syndrome. Stunned by her husband's actions, Isabella flees Brazil and travels to San Francisco. Once there, she catches the eye of a television producer who helps her become a small-screen celebrity with her own cooking show. Out of the blue, ex-husband Toninho arrives and wants his wife back. What will she do?

Penelope Cruz shines in the leading role; she's drop dead gorgeous and gives an irresistible performance. Benicio, also, initiates flutters in the hearts of any female viewers with his charming persona. The movie has many humorous plot elements (a cross-dresser, catty television employees) that keep the plot interesting. Those seeking an entertaining movie with charm and chuckles will be delighted to happen upon this lesser known movie.


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