What's Cooking? (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

What's Cooking? (2000)

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Critic Consensus: What's Cooking? is well-acted, but the scenes sometimes sink into melodrama as characters scream at each other, and the movie as a whole is too lightweight and forgettable.

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That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households-African American, Jewish, Latino, and Vietnamese-as they make their preparations for arriving guests and relatives for the traditionally festive dinner. Who but an outsider to these goings-on would have the keen perception and discernment to capture the detail and nuance of family relationships and the cultural specificity of behavior, decor, and most of all food with this degree of accuracy and freedom?

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Cast

Kyra Sedgwick
as Rachel Seelig
Mercedes Ruehl
as Elizabeth Avila
Alfre Woodard
as Audrey Williams
Joan Chen
as Trinh Nguyen
Maury Chaykin
as Herb Seelig
Victor Rivers
as Javier Avila
Dennis Haysbert
as Ronald Williams
Douglas Spain
as Anthony Avila
Lainie Kazan
as Ruth Seelig
Ann Weldon
as Grace Williams
Eric George
as Michael Williams
Maria Carmen
as Sofia Avila
A Martinez
as Daniel
Will Yun Lee
as Jimmy Nguyen
Kristy Wu
as Jenny Nguyen
Jimmy Pham
as Gary Nguyen
Brennan Louie
as Gary Nguyen
Suzanne Carney
as Sarah Seelig
François Chau
as Duc Nguyen
Kieu Chinh
as Grandma Nguyen
Chao Li Chi
as Grandpa Nguyen
Gregory Itzin
as James Moore
Elena Lopez
as Grandma Avila
Ralph Manza
as Uncle David
Mariam Parris
as Monica Moore
Albie Selznick
as Art Seelig
Isidra Vega
as Gina Avila
Gwendolyn Oliver
as TV Reporter
Margie Loomis
as Old Woman
Bruce Dobos
as Turkey Man
Jeremy Berger
as Turkey Man
Alexandra Castro
as Turkey Woman
Darren O'Bannon
as Turkey Man
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Critic Reviews for What's Cooking?

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (21)

This valentine to the cultural diversity that defines L.A. is a second-tier Altman (or even Paul Thomas Anderson)a broad, accessible comedy that contrasts four large and dynamic families residing on the same street: Latino, black, Jewish, and Asian.

Full Review… | December 20, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

It's nothing if not well-intentioned, but

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The louder and more melodramatic the arguments get, the more overwrought the acting becomes.

January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Like too many Thanksgiving dinners, too much squabbling really wreaks havoc on the digestion. Football, anyone?

January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It wears both its heart and its politics too obviously on its sleeve for comfort.

January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Trades in sitcom stereotypes and crosscuts predictably from family to family as if under the misapprehension that equal time is a dramatic principle.

January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What's Cooking?

Great actors, but not very interesting storyline. A little too stereotypical, a lot too trite and concocted. Entertaining enough to watch to its conclusion, but not a very satisfying movie in the end.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A cute holiday movie. Wasn't especially memorable but the cast was good and the writing was alright.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Definitely watchable with some great performances (sup Alfre Woodard), but also painfully heavy handed.

Joey Nevarez
Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

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