What's Cooking?

6.91 h 49 min2000X-RayPG-13
What happens when families come together for Thanksgiving? Almost anything! Sit back, relax and enjoy this "generous and charming" (THE NEW YORK TIMES) tale of four very different families as they cook up some tasty holiday surprises: love, betrayal and even a few outrageous secrets! And, ultimately, discover the astonishing power love has to reconnect us all.
Gurinder Chadha
Joan ChenJulianna MarguliesMercedes Ruehl
English [CC]
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Kyra SedgwickAlfre Woodard
Paul Mayeda BergesGurinder ChadhaDavid ForrestAbe GlazerDavid GraceBeau RogersJeffrey TaylorEthan HurtSteven D. KravitzLaShawn Simmons
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

565 global ratings

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RozReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rent or Buy this Film BEFORE this Thanksgiving!
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We purchased this movie a long time ago and still watch it nearly every year before Thanksgiving. It's serious, funny, thought-provoking and human, without being a caricature. I have found that it inspires valuable, (calm!) conversations about cultural differences, racial assumptions, interpersonal relationships, and consequences of choices made by normal people in familiar situations. Viewers may enjoy discovering how much certain everyday items have changed--the video store, the cell phones---but how many things remain the same, like misunderstood teens, holiday-based tensions among family members, hidden reasons for attitudes and behaviors. It's also fun to catch familiar actors in unexpected roles!
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Richard PengalaReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tastey Not Delicious
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A very ambitious attempt to mix sweet & sour complicated family relationships with Thanksgiving food recipes that left me hungry for an additional 30 minutes more of the movie to slow down the pace & savor more food details & character development...Too much material crammed into too small a pot....but skillfully performed by very good actors. The writer- director is a good & clever artist indeed. The very talented & good looking same gender couple played by K.Sedgwick & J. Margullies did some shallow research for their roles apparently...to help them portray superficial friendly & affectionate soulmates...who seem devoid of a deep erotic connection which might result in an R rating with the screen family & the movie censors as well. This is a well crafted made for TV situation comedy. If you like 1970s TV it has the aroma of nostalgia. Watch it. Everyone meant well...and it is a civilized look at food, tradition & real world concerns. I liked the tastey dessert of comic relief & humor... which left me with a good feeling when the ending credits started to role.
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Happy Thanksgiving
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Interesting assemblage of many fine actors in this old film. This all takes place around the Thanksgiving table. There are four families who live in the same neighborhood. All the families have secrets to hide.

In one family, the assistant to the mayor has his secret, his son has his secret, and the rest of the family are coping. The next family is Vietnamese and has three children. All have issues, but the family does not talk about them. The next family is very large and dealing with a father who left them while he was having an affair. He wants to move back in. The last family has a grown daughter who is gay. Her lover comes home with her, but the mother and father do not talk about it.

During the Thanksgiving meal, everything comes out, and the family must cope. Interesting times.

Recommended. prisrob 01-22-17
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WindriderReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting on more than one level.
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Interconnected families drama -and the families don;t realize they how closely they are connected any more than the audience does till the end. The story unfolds so naturally you don't immediately notice some of the important parts of the multiple subplots - a good thing for those who don't tend to prefer mind candy but also don't want to work so hard to understand what is going on that they cannot enjoy the movie. One chilling aspect of the film is the wierdly prophetic feeling to the descriptions of the political figure in the character dialogue; the film came out 16 years ago. But most of the film is an interesting exploration of the quintessential family dynamic whenever large family groups get together and both good and bad interactions occur.
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Sheila WellsReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Thanksgiving film
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The film is about four families, each of which lives on one of four corners of an intersection in Los Angeles, CA. One family is Jewish, one is Latino, one is Asian, and one is African-American, but they are great friends and neighbors who share in the Thanksgiving holiday celebration.
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EtruriaReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
A look at the "American" family
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This wonderful movie by Gurinder Chadha, the British-Indian director of "Bend It Like Beckham," tells the story of 4 Los Angeles families and their take on Thanksgiving celebrations. These African-American, Latino, Jewish, and Vietnamese families seem very different but their stories are connected by their relationships and hardships with eachother and their identity as Americans. Chadha also weaves in many controversial issues such as lesbianism, interracial romance, gun violence, multiculturalism and assimilation against a visual feast of traditional and ethnic foods.
This film, like all Chadha's films, is a masterpiece. She has the ability to address very controversial and complicated issues while maintaining an up-beat pace. Her films are also visually stunning with beautiful and authentic cultural elements. Chadha really understands and respects diverse cultures. I highly reccommend her first film "Bhaji on the Beach" and keep a look out for the up-comming film "The Mistress of Spices" directed by Chadha's husband based on the book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This will star the Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai who is in Chadha's film "Bride and Prejudice," another great film to see!
8 people found this helpful
BunnymomReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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I am making this movie a Thanksgiving tradition. It is so great. Thanksgiving is an international holiday, with no religious overtones, so Americans of all backgrounds enjoy it. This story is wonderful. Such an enjoyable film to view while you sit satisfied and drowsy on Thanksgiving evening after your own big meal.
This movie is worth owning, so you can do this every year, or at least whenever you feel like it.
My family loved this movie.
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DELILAHReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Really Like this movie
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I was so happy to find this movie on Prime because I enjoyed it the first time I saw it several years ago. Thanksgiving being celebrated bin the homes of different ethnic families that showcased the problems, opinions and biases that play out in homes all across America. What really stood out was although this movie was made over 15 years ago the fact that some of the same things they talked about are being said today and that neighbors really don't interact with each other the way we did years ago.
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