Tortilla Heaven (2007)




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A tightly knit New Mexico community devoted to God, family, and fresh Mexican food is unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight when the face of Jesus Christ appears on a tasty tortilla as the owner and head cook prepares for the Sunday lunch rush. Isidor Navarro (José Zuñiga) is the owner and proprietor of Tortilla Heaven -- a modest Mexican restaurant located in the remote town of Falfurrias. Though Tortilla Heaven may indeed have the best food in all of New Mexico, the only people aware of the restaurant are the 72 other residents who live in Falfurrias. All of that changes one fateful Sunday, however, when the citizens of Falfurrias file into church to pray the Lord's Mass and Isidor steps into the kitchen to make some fresh tortillas. When the dough that morning proves especially hard to handle and Isidor curses the difficult mixture before slamming it down on the grill, the God-fearing cook is suddenly taken aback when the face of Jesus Christ appears on the burnt tortilla. Of course, in a tiny town like Falfurrias it's impossible to keep a secret, and the very next day curious citizens are filing into Tortilla Heaven to find out if there is any truth to the rumors concerning a divine flatbread. As Isidor realizes the moneymaking potential of the culinary anomaly and begins to charge admission, worshipers begin to appear from all corners of the state and Tortilla Heaven soon begins to turn a tidy profit. Later, after a series of incredible miracles are attributed to the tortilla, a shady city slicker named Gil Garcia (Miguel Sandoval) appears at Tortilla Heaven throwing around such words as "expansion" and "franchising." It doesn't take much for Gil to convince Isidor to sign on the dotted line, and it's only when greed begins to plague the citizens of Falfurrias that the true miracle comes to light.
PG-13 (for some nudity and sexual content)
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Ana Ortiz
as Gipsi
George Lopez
as Everardo
Jose Zuniga
as Isidor
Irene Bedard
as Liberata
Marcelo Tubert
as Father Pancracio
Alexis Cruz
as Marco
Judy Herrera
as Dinora
Del Zamora
as Ruffino
Elaine Miles
as Caridad
Elpidia Carrillo
as Hermenegilda
Geno Silva
as Don Transito
Rick Gutierrez
as Bulmaro
Jonathan Levit
as Dr. Webman
Danny Peck
as Maclovio
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Critic Reviews for Tortilla Heaven

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

As flat as a tortilla and consid-erably less nourishing.

Full Review… | March 20, 2007
Top Critic

The film and its makers simply try too hard. Director and co-writer Judy Hecht Dumontet can't stop 'helping' with overactive editing and scoring.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[A] clumsy family comedy.

March 15, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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For all of its flaws and shortcomings, Tortilla Heaven can't help but be charming and undeniably entertaining.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
Christianity Today

Oh how I wanted to like "Tortilla Heaven." Really like it. Saturday-afternoon-movie like it.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Film Threat

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Full Review… | March 26, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Tortilla Heaven


Sillier than it needs to be, sporadically amusing but it has a good cast. Poor score. The writing is below average. It was watchable, but also quite forgettable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Nice little cautionary tale about greed. Not the best executed, but Hey!, pretty dang good for something from New Mexico! If you are part of, or have close connections to the RC Hispanic community, a lot of this is a RIOT. I recommend you be familiar with basic conversational Spanish put-downs and such, or much will be lost.

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