Like Water For Chocolate

 (1,838)7.11 h 45 min1993R
HD. Unable to marry because of an ancient family tradition, a woman expresses her passion for her lover through preparing delectable dishes.
Directors
Alfonso Arau
Starring
Marco LeonardiLumi CavazosRegina Torne
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Ada CarrascoMario Ivan Martinez
Producers
Alfonso Arau
Studio
Miramax
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1838 global ratings

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  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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ChloeReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Editied movie not the same as the original
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A strange fantastical tale of lost love, an evil mother, a wicked selfish sister and consequences thereof. Of how emotions can effect the preparations and the effects of food on the psyche. Crazy at times and never dull. BUT....this movie has been edited form it's original version which I was lucky to see on Netflix years ago. The matches thing was the doctor's Kikapo Indian grandmother's lesson to Tita, who comes to Tita in ghost form when Tita is recovering from the catatonic state she was in. The whole end of the movie is what Tita remembered being told from the ghost. The ghost makes a brief appearance when Pedro gets burned and they use the bark remedy. Why they edited this part of the storyline out is beyond me. But the rest of the movie plot is untouched. Still though the original version is better. Just sayin
34 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A woman denied love by her domineering mother
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Like Water For Chocolate is based upon the book of the same name. It’s about a mother-daughter relationship and a love story in Mexico in the 1910s-20s. The daughter Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is constantly told by her mother Mama Elena (Regina Torne) that her job is to be a caretaker until she passes away. Tita of course has a mind of her own and wants to determine her own destiny. That largely has to do with her love for Pedro (Marco Leonardi) which her mother forbids it.

The movie tries to capture the feeling of the novel. Hence there’s a narrator that helps explain the story. It also includes the magical realism style of the source material. For instance, Tita cries into a wedding cake and then everyone that eats it starts crying as well followed by vomiting. This was payback for Tita’s situation. In fact, that’s Tita’s gift. She can make people feel emotions through her food.

The Mama Elena-Tita ties are more like master and servant than mother and daughter. Mama Elena is downright cruel to Tita. The movie begins with Mama denying Tita the right to marry Pedro and having him marry her sister instead. The conflict between them provides plenty of drama outside of the Pedro-Tita love story.

Overall this is a great romance drama that brings a lot of the original book to life.
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Anne P. MitchellReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Date Movie or Movie Night Movie!
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I cannot begin to express how much I love this movie. It is one of those movies that I can watch again and again, especially if I am introducing someone to the movie who has not yet seen it.

I first saw this movie when it came out in the theatres, with a dear friend whose family is from Mexico. After the movie he told me "This is just like the stories that my abuela (grandmother) used to tell me." That was high praise indeed.

There is truly something for everyone in this movie - and every man I know who has seen it has enjoyed and appreciated it just as much as every woman - so, even though it's based on a grand, undying passion and romance, it is not by any means a "chick flick".

In fact, I consider it a perfect date movie.

The movie is in Spanish, and subtitled, but even if you don't know any Spanish at all, the subtitles are more than sufficient, and I, at least, found that I barely even noticed that I was reading the subtitles in order to follow along. By the second viewing, I barely even needed the subtitles.

Seriously, this is a fantastic movie!
16 people found this helpful
NKCReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Two Stars
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This shortened version cups out some of the best parts.
14 people found this helpful
LJ AReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unhappy long long time customer
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False advertising for a sale is certainly not the best way to make money. I checked everything there was to read about this movie, it all assured that it was played in English, English, English. This is the third time I’ve received a movie that has been falsely advertised. We trust Amazon , however; like anything else, you get sloppy, you’ll go down too. Don’t let that happen.
6 people found this helpful
Thomas DevineReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
attempts to view on my Blue Disk player proved to be a waste of time
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Although the packaging alleges that the disc is compatible, attempts to view on my Blue Disk player proved to be a waste of time. The following message appears on the monitor. "Mismatch between disc and player region codes. See disc packaging for details." Despite the use of an amplifying glass was not able to find any info on packaging. I could have watched the movie on CABLE CHANNEL last week.

Have no idea what a "region Code ' is. First bad order from Amazon.
8 people found this helpful
delia petersonReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Video never played.
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Trying to play this video has been extremely frustrating. I am required to watch this movie for class but all that happened was I paid for a movie I was unable to watch. Every time I tried to play this movie, it crashed after 10 seconds or less. I spent money on a movie I was never able to watch, and I tried troubleshooting every possible solution that amazon or google chrome recommended to me. I spent about an hour trying to fix this, and ultimately gave up because despite all my attempts and efforts, nothing solved the issue. After days of trying to access this movie, I give up. I would greatly appreciate it if I was given a refund. Thank you.
3 people found this helpful
The Mod ShepherdessReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
NASTY!!
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I was required to watch this movie for a college assignment. People who had taken the class before me had always joked about how horrible this movie was. I thought they were just exaggerating, until I saw it for myself. The plot made no sense, and unless you are a fan of low-budget pornography flicks, this movie will give you nightmares.
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