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
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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