THREE GROWN SISTERS TRY TO COPE WITH THIER FATHER WHO HAS ONE SIMPLE RULE: BE AT HOME FOR SUNDAY DINNER. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AND NON-NEGOTIABLE. TRADITION IS NOT TO BE MESSED WITH. HEATED TALK, OF COURSE, IS AS COMMON ... more »AS JALAPENOS.« less
Anick L. from COLUMBIA, SC Reviewed on 10/19/2009...
Delightful movie about a family and their gatherings around dinners that the widowed father elaborately prepares. You almost feel like you are in the kitchen being part of the preparations. The interactions between the 3 sisters will remind you of your own siblings and how different each one is. The eldest is at first dutiful and conformist, the middle one tries to be acknowledged by her father (the patriarch), the youngest is of course the rebel and the free spirit. A definitely good movie!
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Contemporary "Like Water for Chocolate"
selina solovyova | Denver CO | 08/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally! "Tortilla Soup" is such an uplifting and lighthearted portrayal of contemporary Mexican-American life. Although it uses alot of cliche and works so hard to break negative stereotypes, this Mexican remake of another Ang Lee script is an original in its remedy to mainstream beliefs about Mexican-American culture. As in "Like Water for Chocolate" this movie puts cliche to good use by weaving America's popular, but narrow, idea that Latin food and romance are the greatest contributions to American culture. But we also get a fresh taste of the earthy Latin comedy that we so rarely see on the silver screen. Like Paul Rodriguez' comment about food "toppings". The cast gives great performances and Hector Elisondo is brilliant as the backbone of the family and the film. The actors in this film portray the abilities of Hollywood's new faces with a fresh sense of depth and Raquel Welch has reached a point in her career where she can really laugh at herself, and that's funny. "Tortilla Soup" brilliantly and sensually displays the artful process of gourmet Mexican and how food as culture, as art, as tradition, can bring people together."
The Way to a Man's Heart is through..............
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 09/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The director, Maria Ripoll and the screenwriter, Vera Blasi had an uphill battle to say the least when they decided to adapt the incomparable Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman" to the screen with their "Tortilla Soup." Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo) is a master chef, though semi-retired from the restaurant he created, and living with three daughters: Leticia (Elizabeth Pena), the oldest and a high school chemistry teacher, Carmen (Jacqueline Obrados), an MBA and very successful in business and Maribel, in high school and searching for the "meaning of life" as all teenagers should be doing. This film is very much like "Soul Food" in that most of the action revolves around the dinner table with luscious-looking food designed and prepared by the "Hot Tamales" of Food TV fame. And like Ang Lee's film all the daughters and their father are searching for love, happiness and contentment.Aren't we all? There is no violence except for a few dishes that get broken. In fact nothing much happens except we are made privy to several interesting people and watch as they conduct their lives in a rich, deep and fulfilling manner. Besides Elizondo who always does a great job, the standout performance has to be Jacqueline Obrados as Carmen. Keep your eyes open in the future as I'm sure we are going to see great things from her. An interesting note: Nikolai Kinski, grandson of the famous Klaus and son of the also famous Nastassia plays Maribel's boyfriend, Andy. That's three generations of Kinski's now in the movies and Nikolai makes a good impression in a basic no frills role. Food means love, sharing and camaraderie in "Tortilla Soup," (Mexican characters) as it did in "Soul Food"(African-American characters) and "Eat Drink Man Woman" (Taiwanese characters). Maybe the United Nations should make note of this. You think?"
As irresistible as margaritas, guacamole, y salsa
Peggy Vincent | Oakland, CA | 12/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A multigenerational tale of a widowed Latino father trying to hold his family of 3 fractious daughters together with the bond of carefully prepared meals. The food preparation scenes will keep you spellbound and can be appreciated on many levels: cooking lesson (really!), act of love, devotion, offering of sacrifice, parental love from a man who has a hard time saying I Love You. His daughters, a repressed Catholic, a liberated high schooler, and a 'modern woman,' just won't conform to his standards of proper Latinas. Then Raquel Welch, a nosy, in-your-face widow comes on the scene, and the fireworks begin.
But there's the food. Always the food, beginning, middle, and end.
Don't miss it."
BeachReader | Delaware | 07/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a delightful movie--- a family story, a food story, a comedy, and some unexpected romances. In turn funny and poignant, this was meant to entertain and it did!It was wonderful seeing Hector Elizonda in a leading role as Martin, a former chef who has lost his senses of taste and smell. He is a wonderful actor, and the three actresses who played his daughters who still live at home did a good job too. Raquel Welsh was a bit "out there" but was not on the screen that much.Martin prepares incredibly elaborate meals...but now just for his daughters and an occasional guest. He is old-fashioned and very proud and thinks he is still taking care of his grown daughters....except that they think they are taking care of him! Despite his efforts to control the lives of those under his roof, each of the girls has her own ideas about the future.The food scenes are beautifully filmed and leave the viewers' mouths watering. Each meal looks more scrumptious than the last!All in all, a feel-good movie that did a good job of entertaining."
A delightful family movie
Gloria Bernal | Southern CA USA | 05/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I totally agree with Karen Potts in her review here of March, 2002. I just saw this movie, as I missed it at the theaters when it came out. It was a breath of fresh air. I want to be entertained when I go to a movie, not be depressed or disturbed by what I have seen. This is a feel-good movie, light and entertaining. Hector Elizondo is great as usual, as a chef and widowed father of 3 daughters, each of them yearning to spread their wings and yet feeling tied to home and tradition. The respect and love they each have for their father is apparent, and delightful. The family dinners and conversation that takes place at the table is a focal point of the movie. I especially enjoyed the performances of Elizabeth Peña (eldest daughter, Leticia) and Paul Rodriguez as her love interest. They were such fun to watch. Raquel Welch's performance as well was spicy and delightful, as the sexy divorcee pursuing Elizondo, much to the dismay of his daughters. The food looked mouth watering, and in itself is worth seeing the movie for. This movie has a PG-13 rating but only because of sexual innuendos in the beginning between one of the daughters and her lover, but nothing graphic is shown, and there is no bad language. Our family including the 10-12 year olds all loved it."