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Whats Cooking (2000)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40221348
UPC: 031398826927
UPC 14: 00031398826927
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Thanksgiving. A celebration of food, tradition and relative insanity.
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.
Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/25/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8269-D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398826927
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alfre Woodard
Video Cast Info Julianna Margulies
Video Cast Info Kyra Sedgwick
Video Cast Info Maury Chaykin
Video Cast Info Mercedes Ruehl
Video Cast Info Joan Chen
Video Cast Info Jong Lin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gurinder Chadha - Director
Video Cast Info Janice Hampton - Editor
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Taylor - Producer
Video Cast Info Gurinder Chadha - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Paul Mayeda Berges - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

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

"[T]he warmth and nourishment of family life is the winner here." 09/01/2004 p.128

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sedgwick,Kyra
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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