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What's Cooking? [DVD] [Signature Series]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In WHAT'S COOKING, British director Gurinder Chadha takes a step back from her own Indian heritage to explore the cultural, familial, and social traditions of four very different families, each celebrating Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. The families--one African American, one Latino, one Jewish, and one Vietnamese--differ in the ways that they interact, the ways that they celebrate, and, of course, in what's cooking on the stove. A hit at Sundance 2000, WHAT'S COOKING is a rich and intelligent film that features a stellar cast, including Joan Chen, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick, Mercedes Ruehl, Alfre Woodard, and Lanie Kazan.
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    • Rating - some sexuality, brief language, and a perilous situation
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8269-D

  • Credits
    Joan Chen, Chen Chong, Julianna Margulies, Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Lainie Kazan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[It] triumphs....Chadha successfully leads a large, vibrant cast..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Ms. Chanda makes [the stories] feel surprisingly rich and dense....[You'll] walk away stuffed and happy..."
    New York Times

    "...Chadha's dialogue flows easily and rings true....Superb performances....Chadha melds comedy and tragedy so masterfully that one's laughing at and crying for the characters simultaneously..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Box Office

    "...The direction is as sensual as the camerawork. Chadha's style is big and generous..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Lovingly shot....A comic exploration of the melting pot that is the City of Angels....[With] strong performances..."
    Total Film

    "...A sure-fire winner, an endlessly inventive serious comedy....For so brisk and entertaining a film, sharp in its observations but light in its touch, COOKING has unexpected substance and is a formidable accomplishment..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...There are so many characters, so vividly drawn, with such humor and life..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[T]he warmth and nourishment of family life is the winner here."
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