Whats Cooking

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Coming together is the theme of What's Cooking?, a funny, mouth-watering and deeply moving vision of 21st century diversity and the future of the American family--all set on Thanksgiving. Flowing from California kitchen to California kitchen on this day of reunions and homecomings, we follow four seemingly disparate families as they confront differences and familiarity; laughter and festering anger; shiitake mushrooms and mashed potatoes; near-disaster and, ultimately, the astonishing power of love to connect them all.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40221348
UPC 031398826927
UPC 14 00031398826927
Format DVD
Release Date 5/25/2004
Rating Rating
African Americans
Family Interaction
Los Angeles, California
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...[It] triumphs....Chadha successfully leads a large, vibrant cast..." 11/01/2000 p.31
New York Times "...Ms. Chanda makes [the stories] feel surprisingly rich and dense....[You'll] walk away stuffed and happy..." 11/17/2000 p.E14
Box Office "...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 04/01/2000 p.230
Sight and Sound "...The direction is as sensual as the camerawork. Chadha's style is big and generous..." 09/01/2001 p.57
Total Film "...Lovingly shot....A comic exploration of the melting pot that is the City of Angels....[With] strong performances..." 09/01/2001 p.103
Los Angeles Times "...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..." 11/17/2000 p.C20
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are so many characters, so vividly drawn, with such humor and life..." 11/17/2000 p.37
Uncut "[T]he warmth and nourishment of family life is the winner here." 09/01/2004 p.128
Gurinder Chadha
Joan Chen
Mercedes Ruehl
Kyra Sedgwick
Julianna Margulies
Cast & Crew
Alfre Woodard - Actor
Julianna Margulies - Actor
Kyra Sedgwick - Actor
Maury Chaykin - Actor
Mercedes Ruehl - Actor
Joan Chen - Actor
Jong Lin - Cinematographer
Gurinder Chadha - Director
Janice Hampton - Editor
Jeffrey Taylor - Producer
Gurinder Chadha - Screenplay
Paul Mayeda Berges - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 8269-D
UPC 00031398826927
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Product Attributes
Actor Sedgwick,Kyra
Label Trimark Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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