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What's Cooking? [DVD] [2000]

Kenyan-born, London-educated Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha follows up on her debut hit Bhaji on the Beach (1994) with this gentle look at multiculturalism in Los Angeles. The film details the lives of four ethnically diverse families -- black, Latino, Jewish, and Asian -- during one frantic Thanksgiving. The film opens with Ronald (Dennis Haysbert), an African-American who works as a spin doctor for the Republican politico; he and his wife Audrey (Alfre Woodard) are in the midst of preparing for their white dinner guests. Meanwhile, at the Latino household, young Anthony Avila (Douglas Spain) invites his womanizing father for Thanksgiving dinner, unbeknownst to his schoolteacher mother Elisabeth (Mercedes Ruehl). At the same time, the Seeling family is confronted with their daughter Rachel's (Kyra Sedwick) lesbianism, when she brings home her lover Carla (Julianna Margulies). Finally, Vietnamese immigrant Trinh Nguyen (Joan Chen) struggles to understand her Americanized children after she discovers condoms in her eldest daughter's jacket and a gun in her son's room.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features


    • Commentary with director & writer
    • Cast & crew interviews
    • Recipes
    • 4x3 letterbox
    • Spanish, english & french subtitles
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital

    Synopsis


    What's Cooking?
    Kenyan-born, London-educated Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha follows up on her debut hit Bhaji on the Beach (1994) with this gentle look at multiculturalism in Los Angeles. The film details the lives of four ethnically diverse families -- black, Latino, Jewish, and Asian -- during one frantic Thanksgiving. The film opens with Ronald (Dennis Haysbert), an African-American who works as a spin doctor for the Republican politico; he and his wife Audrey (Alfre Woodard) are in the midst of preparing for their white dinner guests. Meanwhile, at the Latino household, young Anthony Avila (Douglas Spain) invites his womanizing father for Thanksgiving dinner, unbeknownst to his schoolteacher mother Elisabeth (Mercedes Ruehl). At the same time, the Seeling family is confronted with their daughter Rachel's (Kyra Sedwick) lesbianism, when she brings home her lover Carla (Julianna Margulies). Finally, Vietnamese immigrant Trinh Nguyen (Joan Chen) struggles to understand her Americanized children after she discovers condoms in her eldest daughter's jacket and a gun in her son's room. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Alfre Woodard
      Alfre Woodard - Audrey Williams
    • Dennis Haysbert
      Dennis Haysbert - Ronald Williams
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      Ann Weldon - Grace Williams
    • Mercedes Ruehl
      Mercedes Ruehl - Elizabeth Avila
    • Victor Rivers
      Victor Rivers - Javier Avila



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

      Posted
      burritos
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Lovely movie that is hard to find. If you love food this is a superb watch

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      lovely movie

      Posted
      scotchiw1
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you love food its a feast for the senses. And a great story too

      I would recommend this to a friend



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