What's Cooking?
What's Cooking? (2000)

Kenyan-born, London-educated Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha follows up on her debut hit Bhaji on the Beach (1994) with this gentle look at multiculturalism in Los Angeles. The film details the lives of four ethnically diverse families --… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 20, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

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

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A bit melodramatic at times, but still charming.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

The film's gluttonous overkill of food is matched only by its overacting.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Because the stories are so skillfully threaded together, the movie doesn't feel like an exercise: Each of the stories stands on its own.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

This is a terrific holiday film.

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Ernest Hardy

The film collapses under the weight of stereotypes and a hackneyed concept.

Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

Like the meal itself, the movie's both filling and familiar.

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Frank Ochieng

A flavorless fable that is as hard to swallow as a piece of tough turkey.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
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… More
Anthony Valletta
A nice slice of LA suburban life.
Joey Nevarez
Definitely watchable with some great performances (sup Alfre Woodard), but also painfully heavy handed.
Leo L
Great movie! Love it!
Sunil Jawahir
A cute holiday movie. Wasn't especially memorable but the cast was good and the writing was alright.